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By Melitta Weiss Adamson, Francine Segan

From the earliest occasions, people have loved eating and leisure with friends and family, from sharing an easy meal to an extravagant banquet for a different get together. during this two-volume set, entries inform the heritage of marriage ceremony and non secular customs, vacation trips akin to Thanksgiving and xmas, and modern-day get togethers comparable to block events and Superbowl events.

Providing a global standpoint on occasion, entries on themes resembling Dim Sum, los angeles Quinceanera events, Deepavali, and Juneteenth hide many cultures. moreover, entries on old Rome, Medieval exciting, and others supply an within view as to what pleasing was once like in the course of these occasions, should still readers are looking to recreate those topics for college initiatives or membership banquets. no matter if a scholar of background or global language classification, or an grownup making plans a subject occasion, there's something in Entertaining from old Rome to the large Bowl for everyone.

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According to an inscription in Corfinium, a donor left a legacy to set up a carefully delineated fund for both the city council and the populace with the interest to provide a feast to remember him on the anniversary of his birthday. Decurions and their children got 30 sesterces each for a feast where they reclined. The Severi Augustales got 20 sesterces each and the plebeians 8 sesterces each for a dinner. The different choice of words indicates the different ranks of society. Only the decurions reclined; the rest sat.

Heavy drinking can lead to health problems, and cases of gout have been found in some skeletal remains of ancient Romans. Drinking vessels could be of glass, pewter, or silver. Drinking cups made of silver were highly prized because they indicated the high social status of the host. Excavations have revealed the silver treasures of the House of Menander at Pompeii and of the Villa della Pisanella at Boscoreale. Most of the silver consisted of drinking cups, some in pairs others in sets of four, intricately decorated, presumably chosen in accordance with the host’s taste as well as with regard to providing something for the guests to talk about, especially with admiration.

As a result it was more likely that the anniversary honoring a ruler’s reign would be celebrated, instead of the marriage that may have helped to ensure his throne. The engagement ring is Western culture’s modern tie to bridewealth. It serves not only as a token of affection but puts forth an offer of marriage. The acceptance of the engagement ring begins the cycle of preparations to enter married life with its responsibilities and future duties of family. Bridewealth is a rarely practiced custom in scattered parts of the world, and the dowry system, though still practiced in many places, has also begun to diminish.

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