November 24 - December 17
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A whole month before Saturnalia
|Brumalia is an ancient Roman festival in anticipation
of the winter solstice festival Saturnalia.Brumalia was essentially a harvest festival in worship
of Demeter, Saturn and Bacchus.
Brumalia would start approximately on November 24
and lasted until the festival of Saturnalia started.
The manner of celebration could vary from
moderate daily celebrations to regular orgies,
depending on personal style of worship.You could say that those who did not party wisely
during Brumalia would risk on missing out on
the Roman equivalent of Christmas.
So, enjoy with caution,
because there is a really long party ahead!
In the past centuries Brumalia is celebrated less
because of sanctions from Christian churches.
But people still wish each other the traditional
“Vives annos” greeting,
which means “Live for years”.