Saturday, December 24, 2016
Saturnalia celebrated the Golden Age of Man under the rule of the god Saturn, who taught them the arts of agriculture and ushered in a golden age of peace and prosperity. On Saturnalia gambling was
permitted, work and school were forbidden, drunkenness and overeating were excused, and slaves ruled in place of their masters. On the 19th of January was the Sigillaria, during which friends and family exchanged small gifts and tokens.
Unlike many Roman festivals, Saturnalia was celebrated throughout the Empire, not just in the city of Rome itself.