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Now we are in that strange no-man’s land of time – between Christmas and New Year – it is a good time to show (pictorially) how the ancient Egyptians celebrated the important occasions in life.  Reliefs on tomb walls show us the ancient Egyptian capability for ‘having a good time’.  Part Two in 2014 will examine the information in greater detail.

The essential ingredients for a celebratory party were:

1.  GOOD  MUSIC and bring on the dancing girls!!!

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A scene from the Tomb of Nebamun, part of an excellent display at the British Museum, London

2.  GOOD  FOOD: tables laden high with bread, meat and fruit

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An offering table showing the large range of food and drink potentially available to the higher ranks of ancient Egyptian society

3.  GOOD  DRINK served in decorated bowls

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A scene from the Tomb of Nebamun (in the British Museum). Scantily clad servants served potent drinks to wealthy guests at the celebrations

but, in ancient times, as in modern – there can be too much of a good thing!!!!!

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Drawing from a tomb relief showing the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption – nothing new there then!!!

HAPPY  NEW  YEAR  2014  TO   EVERYBODY  (let’s be careful out there!!!)

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