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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 December literary a party where people behave in an uncontrolled way
Translations of “Saturnalia”
in Chinese (Traditional) (古羅馬的)農神節(12月19日), 狂歡節…
in Chinese (Simplified) (古罗马的)农神节(12月19日), 狂欢节…
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