Latin Fun Site!
Roman Festivals! 12/21/2009
 
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Learn about the interesting, curious, and even bizarre Roman Festivals!
                                                 Saturnalia
  
The Romans believed that the God Saturn, father of Jupiter, had cultivated Italy and taught the natives Agriculture in early times. Because of the warm Climate of Italy, the Romans had a biannual harvest, the second one occurring in mid-December. At this time, around December 17th, there was a Great Holiday. The Slave took his Master's place, people decorated their houses with Evergreens, they gave gifts to each other, wore fancy clothes, elected a "King" for the day, and ate all sorts of delicious unhealthy foods. (See, back then people weren't much different than today). When Christianity became the Religion of the Roman Empire, the custom of giving presents and decorating with evergreens kept on and today we keep up the tradition in the Christmas season.
 

 


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