Info Hostels photo 791 © M&J Place Hostel Rome


Origin of Christmas: Saturnalia 17-24 of December

Rome, Italy

Rome is getting ready for the Christmas period - one of the most popular celebrations in the world. What was before the time that Christmas came into the Roman culture? It was a pagan festival dedicated to god Saturn. One of the best-known festivals of ancient Rome was called the Saturnalia - a winter festival celebrated between 17th and 24th of December. Read and you will find out what it was all about.

Roman pagans first introduced the holiday of Saturnalia, a week long period of lawlessness. It means that during this period, all the ancient legal roman system was out of order. The courts were closed, and Roman law dictated that no one could be punished for damaging any property or injuring people during the celebration. It was believed that when the weekly period ends, the whole world is awaken for the new better era without murders and violence.

It is believed that Christians in the fourth century assigned the 25th of December as Jesus birthday (and thus Christmas) because pagans already considered to be this day a celebration of the end of darkness. The old and refurbished buildings of Rome are breathing the spirit of ancient life. Rome has always been a city where new and old come together in surprising ways. Discover the place where Christmas was born.

For some it might be a surprise that the Christmas has a long and not so bright history. However, the history is a way to respect the diversity. This Christmas, how and where will you celebrate? Choose the city that inspires!


Link: www.mejplacehostel.com
City: Rome
Country: Italy
By: M&J Place Hostel Rome
Published on 01-Dec-2009
Section City Live
[ Book Hostels in Rome ]
Book Hostels in Rome.

Read blog news about Rome - Weekend News in Rome

31 properties in Rome  

Top Related Rome News.
  • Photo of Rome's Fountains, Rome

    03.06.2020. Rome's Fountains Have you ever hear about Rome? Maybe you have to sow it in many movies hear many songs, imagine tha...

  • Photo of Rome, Rome

    08.07.2019. Rome Rome is the capital city of Italy. It’s the fourth most populous city in Europe.Rome’s h...

  • Photo of Pesce d' aprile, Rome

    04.01.2019. Pesce d' aprile The day of “Pesce d’Aprile” (april fish) is April 1st. It’s not an official ...

  • Photo of 5 Reason to visit Rome in winter., Rome

    12.13.2018. 5 Reason to visit Rome in winter. The reasons to visit Rome are many as the year of the city. We decided to give 5 reasons to visit R...

  • Photo of Rome, Rome

    06.05.2018. Rome The heart of Italy, from ancient to modern times, has always been the city of Rome. Located in the r...

  • Photo of The Eternal City, Rome

    10.19.2017. The Eternal City At some point in your life, you will find yourself in the Eternal City, because as the old adage goe...

  • Photo of Korea Week in the Eternal City, Rome

    11.18.2016. Korea Week in the Eternal City Korean Institute's Culture week The beginning of next week sees the start of the beautiful Korea We...

  • Photo of Autumn in Rome, Rome

    09.29.2016. Autumn in Rome Roma is a city of art, pleasure and love. A broad environment where culture, history and expression ...

  • Photo of 2016 Gelato Festival, Rome

    05.08.2016. 2016 Gelato Festival Try about 100 flavours of Italian-style ice cream, created for the 2016 Gelato Festival. You will ...

  • Photo of Don't miss any part of Rome, Rome

    04.28.2016. Don't miss any part of Rome In Rome, try to vary your experiences as you explore. Take your time and enjoy la dolce vita in a pa...