Friday, December 19, 2008

Saturnalia Schedule 2008

All Festival Long:
Saturnalia Gift Exchange
Want to share the holiday spirit with your fellow ROMA Citizens and get some back? Then please participate in our ROMA Holiday Gift Exchange! Come to the Forum and ROMA and purchase the empty gift box and packing crate. Instructions inside.

The Lord & Lady of Misrule
All this week we will be voting for our Lord & Lady of Misrule, who will preside over the Grand Feast. If you are interested in entering the voting, please go to the Plaza in ROMA (outside the Tavern) and enter your name on the appropriate board by clicking on the enter button near the bottom of the Contest Board. Entries will be accepted until 6pm Thursday. Voting begins 8am Friday. And the winners will be announced @ the Grand Feast on Sunday.
Friday, 19th December
11am - Ave Weekend Ice Skating Party
Snow and ice have come to ROMA! And to take advantage of this we're having two special Ave Weekend Parties! Come join us in Transtiberim for hot cocoa & holiday sweets while we ice skate to some cool tunes! Location: ROMA Transtiberim Lake

4pm - Transtiberim Sleigh Ride & Cozy Bonfire Dance
"Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh, o'er the fields we go..." well you get the picture! We will be riding sleighs through Transtiberim to get into the spirit of the season - and bring your sweetie, 'cause our sleighs seat two! We will ride them from one end of the sim to the other, where our Winter Wonderland and cozy fire await us. There will be dancing, munchies, and snowball fighting!

8pm - Ave Weekend Floating Iceburg Party
Our second special Ave Weekend event - ever wanted to party the night away on a glittering, floating isle in the sea? Well now you can! Come dance under the stars, and on the ice, at our Maritima Iceburg Party! But bring your cloaks - we hear that ocean air is chilly this time of year. Location: ROMA Maritima

Saturday, 20th December
10am - Saturnalia Senator Slave Auction
A part of the Saturnalia tradition is role reversal - the high born serving the low, and the low allowed to live it up like kings. To honour this, we bring you the Saturnalia Senator Slave Auction! Bid high enough, and one of ROMA's senators will be your slave for a day! All proceeds go to fund ROMA and the works of the Collegia. Location: ROMA Forum

12pm - The Daily Life of Roman Soldiers - Legion Re-Enactment
It's the holidays, and everyone is surrounded by family and friends in a cozy domus... but wait! Not everyone! Ever wondered what life was like for the Roman Soldier away from home? The Legion will show you! Come join us for a re-enactment of a day in the life of the Roman Legions - how they lived, worked, and trained while serving the glory of Rome! Location: Legion XIII Fort in Ostia (ROMA Transtiberim)

2pm - Saturnalia Ritual & Ritual Feast
A Roman Ritual to honour Saturn and Sol Invictus, followed by a ritual feast with dancing, music, general merry-making. Saturnalia in ancient Rome was one of the most popular festivals of the year. It was marked by a license for mischief and high spirits (within limits) and reversal of social roles, in which slaves and masters switched places. So put on your pileus (freedmans cap), your most colourful clothes, and come party like a Patrician (Even if you're not)! Io Saturnalia! Location: ROMA, Gardens of Maecenas

Sunday, 21st December

12pm - Saturnalia Carnivale
Saturnalia was also popular for the temporary legalisation of all sorts of games - and in honour of this tradition, ROMA has the Saturnalia Carnivale! We will have rides, games of skill, games of sport, and prizes to be won - but the Grand Prize will go to those who conquer the Tower of Doom! What is it? How do you defeat it? Come to the Carnivale and try your skill, nerve, and luck against this behemoth and see! Location: ROMA Fort

4pm - Saturnalia Grand Feast
The Culmination of our Saturnalia festivities! There will be feasting, dancing, and the election of the Saturnalia King & Queen, the Lord and Lady of Misrule, who will be served by none other than our very own Prefect and Estate Managers in honour of Saturnalia's role reversal! We will also have some Saturnalia/Christmas Trivia with prizes to be won! Location: ROMA Transtiberim outside Ostia

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