In the News: Ancient Egyptian Festival of Drunkenness
Here is the court at the Mut temple in Luxor, Egypt, where the Festival of Drunkenness likely took place. Sandstone columns found in this court refer to the festival:
The "porch" was erected in the New Kingdom period, during the reign of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut (c. 1479-1459 BCE). This dates the practice of drunken religious festivals much earlier in Egypt than previously attested.
The Egyptian wall painting below shows some heavy drunken partying in Egypt. The woman in the upper left has definitely had too much--you can see her vomiting! (click to enlarge).