7 Unusual Facts About Christmas in the Ancient World – Saturnalia

Saturnalia Was Celebrated in Honor to Roman Deity Saturn

Saturnalia was celebrated in honor to Roman deity Saturn. Credits: witchesofthecraft.com

We are looking forward to the upcoming holidays, especially Christmas. Children love it because their parents give them presents, whereas adults see it as a chance for the family reunions. In general, Christmas is known to bring good health and joy back into everyone’s home. However, what many people do not know is where it all began and what the origins of Christmas are.

In this article, we are going to introduce you with Saturnalia, the ancient version of Christmas.


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Saturnalia Was a Roman Festival in Honor to the Deity Saturn

Saturnalia, which was celebrated on December 17th, is considered to be a forerunner of Christmas as we know it today. It is thought to be a forerunner of Christmas because the Romans used to give each other gifts, as well. Saturnalia was a celebration of the Roman God Saturn, the God of wealth, well-being and agriculture. The poet Catullus called it “the best of the days”.

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