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Saturnalia

noun [C] uk   /ˌsæt.əˈneɪ.li.ə/ us    /ˌsæt̬.ɚ-/ (plural Saturnalia or Saturnalias)
an ancient Roman celebration that happened on 19 DecemberAncient history: before 500 AD literary a party where people behave in an uncontrolled wayCelebrations, parties and special occasionsSpecific holidays and festivals
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