The ancient Romans loved games and
festivals. They were either preparing for or enjoying some sort of
festival or celebration just about every day of the year! In the
process, the ancient Romans "invented" the origins of many
of the fun holiday activities we enjoy today.
ancient Roman festival called Lupercalia honored love. On this day,
young people in ancient Rome chose future marriage partners by drawing
names from a hat. Can you imagine choosing your husband or wife by
drawing a name from a hat? As you might guess, some of these
relationships did not turn out very well and did not last very long. But
some worked out very well. Some couples stayed married for life.
The Roman god Cupid has
played a role in the celebration of love for a very long time. To the
ancient Romans, Cupid was the son of Venus (the Roman goddess of love
people believe the ancient Romans "invented" the May
Pole! Like other ancient civilizations, the ancient Romans
worshipped many gods and goddesses. To honor the deities of new
life and flowers, legend suggests they cut down a tree, decorated
it with ribbons, then danced around it. This was the beginning of
the May Pole. It could be true. It would certainly be in
No one is quite
sure who first originated the idea of May Day, but for all the
ancient cultures, the coming of summer was cause for celebration.
It meant food could be gathered and planted. As part of their
celebration, some ancient people gathered flowers and put them on
window ledges to keep out pesky spirits. Others filled baskets
with gifts and greenery to give to friends and loved ones.
with greenery: The
ancient Romans loved celebrations. They especially enjoyed a
holiday they celebrated around the 25th
of December. The Romans feasted, gave gifts, were merry, and
decorated their homes with greenery, customs they borrowed from
the ancient Greeks!
were so many holidays in March
that the Romans added a special holiday day for resting!
& Other Holidays
Gods and Goddesses