Feast of Fools


Feast of Fools
A custom of the 10c and later following the Feast of the Nativity. On the *triduum, or three days, following the Nativity, minor clergy and others were permitted to undertake divine service, with the exception of the mass. On St Stephen's Day (26 December) the deacons took service, followed by priests and choir boys on succeeding days. These occasions were taken in a holiday spirit and often became riotous. They were condemned by the pope in 1207, and in England in 1236; a further prohibition was made in 1390. It was for the far from sober conduct that these occasions were named variously festum fatuorum = feast of fools and asinarium festum = festival of asses or donkeys. Christmas in the Middle Ages was a secular feast as much as it was religious; in the Feast of Fools the two merged.

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  • feast of fools — Usage: usually capitalized both Fs Etymology: translation of Medieval Latin festum stultorum : a medieval burlesque festival held especially in France usually on the feast of the Circumcision (January l), a prominent feature being mummeries such… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Feast of Fools — (esp. in France) a mock religious celebration in the Middle Ages, held on or about January 1. Also called Festival of Fools. * * * …   Universalium

  • Feast of Fools — noun A festival, based on the Roman Saturnalia, celebrated near Christmas …   Wiktionary

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  • Feast of Asses —     Feast of Asses     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Feast of Asses     The celebration of the Festum Asinorum in medieval and ecclesiastical circles was a pastime in which all, from the dignitaries in the upper stalls of the sanctuary to the… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Feast of Asses — Feast of Fools and Feast of Asses Medieval festivals held between Christmas and Epiphany, in which a mock bishop was enthroned in church, a burlesque mass was said, and an ass driven round in triumph • • • Main Entry: ↑feast …   Useful english dictionary

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