The leaders of the nations play a very crucial role in the society: they are the head of the country or kingdom that people rely on in making decisions, setting rules and regulations, sometimes even the cultures, ideals, and identifying who are enemies and who are allies. They are also important in boosting the morale of the soldiers in times of war or the people overall. With that, here are some feasts, festivals, and celebrations that the emperors, kings, or queens once hosted during their respective times.

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Hatshepsut’s Festival of the Drunkness

This is a fine relief of members of Hatshepsut’s trading expedition to the mysterious ‘Land of Punt’ from this pharaoh’s elegant mortuary temple at Deir El-Bahri. (ΣταύροςCC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

What’s a festival without booze? Ancient Egypt took that to a different level with the Tekh Festival, or the Feast of Drunkness that happened once a year during the reign of Hatshepsut in the 15th century BC. This was done to commemorate the myth about a bloodthirsty warrior goddess named Sekhmet, whom Ra sent after becoming tired of humans’ cruelty and nonsense. Mankind was saved from this havoc when the goddess of beer, Tenenet, dyed tons of beer red, and thinking it was blood, Sekhmet chugged it down. She passed out drunk and woke up as the gentle Hathor. To celebrate salvation, the Egyptians would spend the evening grooving to the music, engaging in casual sex, and drinking mugs after mugs of frothy beer until they passed out. In the morning, they were woken by the sound of the sacred drums.

Isabeau’s Ball of the Burning Men

The French Queen Isabeau of Bavaria hosted a lavish banquet on January 28, 1939, at Hôtel Saint-Pol in Paris to honor the remarriage of a lady-in-waiting. The highlight of the celebration that evening was a dance performance involving King Charles VI of France, along with five members of the French nobility. Each of them was clad in a woodland “wild man” costume that was made of linen and flax and oakum fibers. Four of the dancers died while performing as Charle’s brother and Duke of Orleans Louis I arrived with a lit torch and moved too close. He accidentally ignited the flammable costumes, thus starting a blaze that quickly spread to the rest of the performers. King Charles managed to survive after an aunt covered him with her skirt, extinguishing the fire that could’ve otherwise injured him. The other man dived into a tank of wine and saved himself. The rest were engulfed and killed in flames. Now that’s a whole new kind of “killer party.”