The Roman festival of Saturnalia was celebrated from December 17 to December 23, which coincided with the Winter Solstice in the Julian calendar. During this time, the best of times, Romans ceased all work and celebrated the season. Most importantly, they offered sacrifices to the God Saturn, who reigned over the Golden Age. The Saturnalian previously discussed this holiday and its significance to this blog:
The focus of this blog is to provide content that maximizes the appreciation of human expression, hence the name “The Saturnalian.”
Saturnalia was a Roman holiday observed in veneration of the god Saturn at the onset of Winter Solstice. Historical accounts describe festivals fraught with indulgence and licentiousness alongside displays of freedom and egalitarianism. Poet Catullus lauded the holiday as the “best of days.” Lyricist Horace referred to it as “December liberty.” This blog attempts to recapture the spirit of Saturnalia. It provides readers a forum to immerse their senses and furnish unfiltered raw reactions.
This moment, December 21, 2016 at 4:44 am CST marks the Winter Solstice. Praise Saturn! May good fortune find us.