The Original Christmas
Who is Saturn?
How Cronus became Saturn?
What is Saturnalia?
How Kronia became Saturnalia.
Most of the Practices and Rituals of Saturnalia were adopted from the Greek festival Kronia which was celebrated in Honor of Cronus when he was ruling the world. Kronia was celebrated as a harvest festival and a festival of freedom as well where masters and slaves dined together and played games such as dice, board games, etc. It was this time when slaves were released from their duties and were allowed to participate in the festivities alongside the slave owners. Slaves could do anything run around the city, have riots, shout, make noise and live free of restrictions. Kronia then evolved to the festival of Saturnalia just as the Greek god evolved to the Roman.
Practices and rituals in celebration of Saturnalia.
Time for Gifts.Then on 19th December, the Gift-giving Day Sigillaria was celebrated. gifts such as pottery, wax figurines called Sigillaria, candles, or joke gifts were made especially for this day and were exchanged as part of celebrations. Children were gifted toys. Also, there are mentions in poems about Saturnalia about gifts such as writing tablets, dice, moneyboxes, combs, hat, hunting knives, crockery, perfumes, animals, slaves, clothing, and many more. The gifts Whether exotic or not, they were a token of love and friendship the individuals had. along with gifts, verses accompanied them as an expression of feelings and thoughts.