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Digital Event: Museum Talks: Saturnalia – Roman Winterfests to Modern Christmas customs

15 December 2022, 6 - 6:45pm
Cost Pay What You Can
Suitability Adults
The Roman Origins of Christmas and its Customs

Why do many people decorate their homes with evergreens in the depths of winter?  Why does Britain have a bank holiday on December 25th and why is New Year’s Day celebrated in the middle of winter?  Why do officers in the British Armed Services serve meals to their staff on Christmas Day?  Why did the Parliament in London effectively ban the celebration of Christmas for several years during the seventeenth century? 

The answers to these questions may be found in deeply rooted Roman or earlier traditions that still have strong echoes today.  Dr Mark Lewis, Senior Curator (Roman) based at the National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon, will explore the long and fascinating history of some of our most ancient winter customs and traditions. 


This session will be held in English.


This Talk will be hosted as a Live Zoom Webinar. An email reminder containing the link to join the Webinar will be shared with you 2 hours prior to the talk. This link can also be accessed via your online Amgueddfa Cymru customer portal. Please check your junk/spam email inboxes to ensure you receive the emails and contact if you do not.

The webinar will be available to watch for 48 hours following the event and a link will be sent out to you via email.  If you are purchasing books in connection with this Talk please be aware that book sales close 10 minutes prior to the talk and all orders will be posted after this time. 





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