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Brumalia, which derives its name from the Latin word bruma meaning “shortest day” or  “winter”, is an ancient Greco-Roman solstice festival honoring Saturn, Ops and Bacchus. According to John the Lydian, sacrifices were made of pigs to Demeter and Cronus and goats were sacrificed to Dionysus.  Brumalia was celebrated with drinking and merry-making and lasted for thirty days, starting on November 24 and culminating on December 25.

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