Definitions for "Bacchanalia"
A feast or an orgy in honor of Bacchus.
Hence: A drunken feast; drunken revels; an orgy.
(Latin) three-day wild festival held originally only by women in honor of the god Bacchus; eventually men were also allowed at the festival; the Bacchanalia was banned, except when explicitly allowed, by the Senate in 186 BCE by means of the Senatus consultum de Bacchanalibus; see Bacchae. Teacher's Companion: Dionysus