Happy Saturnalia 2018 … a little bit of History

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HAPPY SATURNALIA

December 17-23 Predating the birth of Jesus by centuries, this Ancient Roman celebration, in honor of the God Saturn, is marked by parties, gift-giving, and role reversals.

Happy Saturnalia 2018

The first-century AD poet Gaius Valerius Catullus described Saturnalia as ‘the best of times’: dress codes were relaxed, small gifts such as dolls, candles and caged birds were exchanged.

Saturnalia saw the inversion of social roles. The wealthy were expected to pay the month’s rent for those who couldn’t afford it, masters and slaves to swap clothes. Family households threw dice to determine who would become the temporary Saturnalian monarch. The poet Lucian of Samosata (AD 120-180) has the god Cronos (Saturn) say in his poem, Saturnalia:

‘During my week the serious is barred: no business allowed. Drinking and being drunk, noise and games of dice, appointing of kings and feasting of slaves, singing naked, clapping 
 an occasional ducking of corked faces in icy water – such are the functions over which I preside.’

Happy Saturnalia 2018

Saturnalia originated as a farmer’s festival to mark the end of the autumn planting season in honour of Saturn (satus means sowing). Numerous archaeological sites from the Roman coastal province of Constantine, now in Algeria, demonstrate that the cult of Saturn survived there until the early third century AD.

Saturnalia grew in duration and moved to progressively later dates under the Roman period. During the reign of the Emperor Augustus (63 BC-AD 14), it was a two-day affair starting on December 17th. By the time Lucian described the festivities, it was a seven-day event. Changes to the Roman calendar moved the climax of Saturnalia to December 25th, around the time of the date of the winter solstice.

Happy Saturnalia 2018

From around 1583 the Church of Scotland ( Presbyterian) discouraged ‘Yule’ celebrations. The church believed that there was no basis for celebrating the day as it didn’t reflect what was in the bible. There are even records of some people being arrested over unlawful celebrations during
the years it was officially banned.

‘Christmas Day’ only became a public holiday in Scotland in 1958.

When something is just ‘made-up’ the permutations can be endless.

Celebration

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4 Best Festivals of 2018 to Celebrate Happiness and Fun

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HARBIN ICE SNOW IN CHINA

Harbin Ice and Snow fiesta is China’s original and greatest ice artwork festival, attracting hundreds of thousands of local people and visitors from all over the world.

The first Ice lanterns were a winter-time tradition in northeast China. During the Qing Dynasty1644 – 1911), the locals and fishermen often made and used ice lanterns as jack-lights during the winter months.

At that time these were made simply by pouring water into a bucket that was then put out in the open to freeze. It was then gently warmed before the water froze completely so that the bucket-shaped ice could be pulled out.

Festivals in China

RIO DE JANEIRO

The awesome celebrations  of this county mark the start of the Lent period, dancers and revellers celebrate the occasion with colourful street parties.

Considered one of the biggest carnivals in the world, Brazil erupted in magnificent colours and samba parade.

Dancers performed on top of monumental floats, and orchestras and musicians played samba music for all to enjoy.

ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON

The Fiesta continues for nine days, and you can enjoy various musical performances, see night glows in which the balloons propane burners are ignited, but the hot air balloons are tethered to the ground.

One of the best events is the Mass Ascension where hundreds of hot air balloons are launched in two waves and fill up the sky with bright colors.

Balloon 2018 Festival

Cheltenham Festivals in the United Kingdom

This festival is held every March in the United Kingdom, and it is an event that gathers some of the best British and Irish trained racehorses.

Since the meeting is usually held around the same time as Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations, the Cheltenham Festival is extremely popular with Irish visitors. There are several Grade I races held over four days.

Festival Definition

Best Inspiration Post of the Year 2018 Get Out of the Blues!

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Haunted Hospitals with Horrible and Scary Stories for Halloween … BOO! đŸŽƒ

Waverly Hills Sanatorium—Waverly Hills, Kentucky

This sanatorium was designed to house tuberculosis patients and have the most cutting-edge treatment options the world had ever seen.

These days, it’s become known as one of scariest haunted hospitals in America—as well as one of the most haunted places in the country. Ghost hunters regularly report seeing shadow people, hearing disembodied voices, seeing objects move by themselves, and also seeing the ghost of a little girl who runs on the second floor.

Beechworth Lunatic Asylum—Beechworth, Australia

Many people who go to Beechworth claim to feel a sense of dread in the shock therapy hall—or even feel poked by those ghostly residents of the haunted asylum.

However, there’s also a very sad side to this haunted asylum. Adults were not the only residents here, which is why many people claim to hear the sounds of children playing around the area. In fact, it’s not so uncommon for child visitors to be seen talking to invisible people—then claiming they were talking to boys who “lived there.”

Rolling Hills Asylum—Bethany, New York

Considering that the insane were treated brutally during the 19th century, it’s unsurprising that many potentially sane people who were admitted ended up going crazy. Patients here were known to undergo torturous treatments and also be left barely clothed in the middle of winter.

France Wins World Cup 2018 in a Dramatic Final in Moscow French Fans Explode in Celebration

One of my favorite football teams wins this 2018 World Cup: France 4 vs Croatia 2. France became only the sixth nation to win the World Cup more than once, with Croatia missing out on the opportunity to win their first world crown.

France coach, Didier Deschamps

World Cup Paris Fan Zone

France is in sport celebration today,  enjoying football championship and cycling, the Tour de France 2018   which today had a crash as Team Sky wipe out en-masse.

France 4 Final 2  Croatia
  • Mario Mandzukic (18′ OG)
  • Antoine Griezmann (38′ PK)
  • Paul Pogba (59′)
  • Kylian Mbappe (65′)
Final
  • Mario Mandzukic (69′)
  • Ivan Perisic (28′)

More Info and Fan Facts Here

My Cat tells you Happy Fourth of July 2018 Enjoy. Everybody have a great day!

A little bit of history before fun:

cute kitten and the usa flag

This holiday — also known as Independence Day — commemorates the fact that in 1776, the Continental Congress, representing the 13 colonies, approved the Declaration of Independence — the first step on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation.

It seems fitting to revisit the most famous words from the document; words that have guided us since that time:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

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Luxury Gifts Ideas for Father’s Day for all Kinds of Taste even for Metro-Sexual Dads Make him Smile!

MASSAGE RELAXATION SPA DAY

Dads don’t need much. Just a little gift to know that their work is appreciated. BUT if you really wanted to, he probably wouldn’t mind if you took the time to look around to get him something more suitable to his likings:

  1. Is he a geeky dad?
  2. Is he the executive type?
  3. Does he love sports, and what kind?
  4. Is he metro-sexual and super-neat?
  5. Does he like traveling?
  6. Does he like music, plays a certain musical instrument?
  7. Maybe your dad is the scientific one?

ALL IN ONE CHARGING STATION

Think of all the things Dad did for you: Life lessons, guidance, and unconditional love. Maybe your dad would love an expensive drone that will show up all the other dads at the park. Or a super-slick TV that doesn’t look like all the others.

DRONE

A great idea would be to give him a gift card for him to spend in a relaxing environment like a spa, so he can get a massage with herbs and lotions, facial masks, a haircut, sauna, and then go with him and the whole family to a fancy restaurant for dinner.

Send your dad to the country or place he has always dreamed of visiting and he has never been able to go for one reason or another. You can find out when he has time off and which are his plans. I assure you, he will be very happy.

REVOLIGHTS FOR HIS BICYCLE

 

Happy Mothers Day to all Say it with Funny Quotes and Images

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY FUNNY QUOTES AND IMAGES
To all my followers, readers, friends  and contacts who are mothers, I wish you have the best MotherÂŽs Day, full of love, happiness and fulfillment, surrounded by your loved ones.

In my family there are several mothers we celebrate today with much love, respect and admiration for everything they have done for the Castro-Pruitt-Schneider Family: my mother in law, my aunt, my daughter, and more. Gladly I am included in the celebration as a mother and grandmother as well, so I am looking forward to lots of hugs and kisses!

Even “bad children” love their Mummy (LOL)

MOTHER IS A BEAUTIFUL WORD, ISN’T IT?

FROM THE CASTRO-PRUITT-SCHNEIDER FAMILY, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL!