What is Ancient History #8

Hello loves!

We have another one of these today because I don’t have any reviews to post, when this goes up I will have finished with my university and be back at home for the Christmas period so I’m sorry if I don’t post as much over the festive period.

Anyways you guys voted for me to talk about… WINTER FESTIVALS, which means the post will focus on the Roman festival of Saturnalia.

So here we go!


Saturnalia was a festival celebrated on the 17th December of the Julian calendar and later moved to the 23rd December to be joined with other festivals, and was dedicated to the Roman god Saturn (the Roman equivalent to Kronos).

The holiday was celebrated at the Temple of Saturn with a sacrifice and a public banquet followed by private gift-giving, partying and a carnival atmosphere that subverted social norms. For example, gambling was permitted and masters provided table service for their slaves.

A common practice was to have a “King of Saturnalia” who was elected and could give orders to people, which had to be followed and to preside over the festivities.

It is commonly believed that the festival of Saturnalia was developed into what we now celebrate as Christmas due to the similarity in the dates and of course the gift giving, after Christ came of course, especially seeing that scholars believe Christ wasn’t born in December.

There is another festival in February celebrated around our Valentine’s day which I might do a post on near then but you guys can all vote on that then. I hope you learned something, as is the point of these posts. Let me know in the comments if you guys know of any cool winter festivals that are celebrated around the world.


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