Deck the Halls (Roman Style)…December 7, 2012
I loosely based the Deizian Empire on Ancient Rome, so I thought it’d be fun to talk about the Ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia.
Saturnalia was a festival to honor Saturn, the god of agriculture. It was a week-l0ng festival of fun and frivolity that took place during the darkest days of the year around the Winter Solstice, usually culminating with the Dies Natalis of Sol Invictus (the “Birthday of the Unconquerable Sun”) on December 25. Common practices included decorating the home with candles and evergreen wreaths, singing in the streets, drunken revelry, feasting, and the giving of gifts. Masters served the servants, and society’s rigid rules were forgotten during those days. So the next time you deck the halls, light a candle, go caroling, indulge in too much eggnog or holiday dishes, or give someone a gift, you can thank the Ancient Romans for starting those traditions.
What silly or fun holiday tradition are you looking forward to?
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