|Extended partying? Roman!|
After a sacrifice at the Temple of Saturn in Rome's Forum, there followed a public banquet, gift-giving, partying, and a carnival atmosphere that overturned Roman social norms: gambling was allowed, and masters served food to their slaves. The poet Catullus called it "the best of days” (“optimo dierum”).
Saturnalia was so popular that it continued to be celebrated even when the Roman Empire adopted Christianity, and some of its customs can be seen in current Christmas and New Year traditions.