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By AP Senior Latinists[scroll down for English translation]

Lowell, MA – Latinus globus ex ILG (Intercommunis Lingua Globus) Kal. Feb. suam annuam Saturnaliam celebrationem convenit. Saturnalia est traditum antiquum Romanum festum honorans deum Saturnum, fere conventum ad finem cuiusque anni. Hic festivus dies more celebrabatur cum sacrificio in Romano Foro, et etiam publico convivio, dando dona et iocante sensu qui Romanas sociales normas in capite eorum torquit cum quoque anno magistri et sui servi status permutabant. Ad celebrationem hoc anno, seniores discipuli AP Latina classe fabulam, inscriptam “Mongolia Mors Vermis, aut Quomodo Saturnalia Facta Est”, de commenticiis originibus festivi diei egerunt, cum Roma ab furente Mongolia Morte Verme petita est. Histriones et mimae et auctores in functione huius anni erant: Sharlie Chan, Alexandra Mai, Luckkna Sok, Ann Men, Rithany Kheam, Max Towers, Mika Guillen, Lourenco Martins, Kira Nash, Brittany Egan, Brian Horman, Lill Patrylo et Matt Donovan.

Post functionem in LHS triclinio, magnum convivium cum cibo spacellorum et globuli excepit. Ut cum omnibus casibus in ILG, bonum tempus ab omnibus habitum sunt.

Lowell, MA- The Latin chapter of the International Language Club, on the first of February held its annual  Saturnalia celebration. Saturnalia is the traditional ancient Roman festival honoring the god Saturnus, generally held at the beginning of each year. This festive day customarily is celebrated with a sacrifice in the Roman Forum and a public banquet, the giving of gifts, and a carnival atmosphere which turned Roman social norms on their head when each year the masters and their slaves switched places. At the celebration this year, the senior students of the AP Latin class performed a play, entitled “The Mongolian Death Worm, Or How Saturnalia Came To Be” about the imagined origins of the festival day, when Rome was attacked by a raging Mongolian Death Worm. The actors and actresses and writers in this year’s performance were: Sharlie Chan, Alexandra Mai, Luckkna Sok, Ann Men, Rithany Kheam, Max Towers, Mika Guillen, Lourenco Martins, Kira Nash, Brittany Egan, Brian Horman, Lill Patrylo and Matt Donovan.

After the event in the LHS cafeteria, a great feast occurred with spaghetti and meatballs. As with all events in the ILC, a good time was had by all.

(Latin Teacher Mr. Arwe contributed to this story)

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