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Daemon
Posted: Saturday, December 19, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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Saturnalia

This Ancient Roman Winter Solstice festival began on December 17 and lasted for seven days. It was held in honor of Saturn, the father of the gods, and was characterized by the suspension of discipline and reversal of the usual order. Grudges and quarrels were forgotten; businesses, courts, and schools closed down; and masquerading or change of dress between the sexes often occurred. The festivities were characterized by various kinds of excesses—giving rise to the modern use of the term "saturnalian," meaning "a period of unrestrained license and revelry." More...
ChristopherJohnson
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Happy Saturnalia to everybody! It is pleasant to notice that days are growing longer.
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Does anyone know where this year's celebrations are held? Drool
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Saturnalia is celebrated at the time of the summer / winter solstice when the sun is reborn.

Saturn, the god of agriculture, embodies prosperity and wealth. Saturnalia, a festival in his honor was held from 17 to 25 December, long before Christianity came into being. His son is Jupiter (Zeus).

Saturn has two consorts:
1. Benevolent Ops, whose festival, Opalia, was celebrated on December 19, for wealth and abundance.
2. Mother Destruction Lua, who punishes and destroys. She connects Saturn to Pluto, god of the underworld and hidden wealth.


In ancient times gladiators were sacrificed in honor of Saturn during the fire festival of Saturnalia. This was later replaced by an offering of masks and candles (lights).


Saturnalia was a time of exchanging gifts, holiday and overindulgence.


http://jadesmagic.blogspot.com/2012/12/saturnalia-candle-festival-of-christmas.html
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