That is the sense of the Saturnalia, of Mardi Gras and of these moments of entertainment.
This was destroyed by the unruly apprentices during one of their Saturnalia.
They were like the Roman slaves who, during the Saturnalia, played at being free.
That's the way it always is, the poor devils are out of luck, but the jaws of the capitalists are always keeping the Saturnalia.
The holydays are made a jubilee, or rather resemble the Saturnalia.
The church of God itself was not spared during the Saturnalia of lust and violence.
As at the Saturnalia, masters drank and gambled with slaves.
The joyous licence of the Saturnalia put an end to all stiffness of ceremonial.
The argument thus carries us to the Roman feast of the Saturnalia.
On the third and last night of their Saturnalia the outrages were, perhaps, worse than before.
time of merrymaking, 1590s, from Latin Saturnalia, ancient Roman festivals of Saturn (held in December), a time of merrymaking for all, from neuter plural of adjective Saturnalis "pertaining to Saturn," from Saturnus (see Saturn). They correspond to the Greek Kronia. The extended sense of "period of unrestrained revelry" is first attested 1782. Related: Saturnalian.