Io Saturnalia: Merry Christmas the Roman Way

Discover this mid-winter week-long festival of the Saturnalia, a party in which the ‘serious was barred’. Saturnalia honoured the god Saturn and remembered his Golden Age on Earth when no one had to work. So parties, good food, silly games such as Forfeits, singing and gambling – even for slaves - were the order of the week. Accredited Lecturer Gillian Howell highlights how holly wreaths, presents, candles, even cheap party hats at the main meal all originate from this pre-Christmas Christmastime festival! You’ll have plenty to fascinating and fun facts chat about over the Christmas dinner!

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Comments

I so enjoyed this!

Maureen Langston Tue, 14/12/2021 - 07:22 Permalink

What an uplifting talk

Cecily Tue, 14/12/2021 - 07:18 Permalink

Lovely

Jill Allan Tue, 14/12/2021 - 01:49 Permalink