The Idea of Banqueting is Ancient

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A function hall or banquet hall is a room or building for the purpose of hosting a party, banquet, reception, or other social event. Function halls are often found within pubs, clubs, hotels, or restaurants. Some are run by fraternal organizations and rented out as a fundraiser for the organization. Some condominium associations and apartment buildings have these to keep the noise of parties out of the residential units.

In Ancient Time
The idea of banqueting is ancient (see
[Sellisternium], [[Belshazzar|Belshazzar's Feast]], and [[Mead hall]]s). In the 16th century, a banquet was very different from our modern perception and stems from the medieval 'ceremony of the void'. After dinner, the guests would stand and drink sweet wine and spices while the table was cleared, or ‘voided’ (Later in the 17th century ‘void’ would be replaced with the French ‘dessert’). During the 16th century, guests would no longer stand in the great chamber whilst the table was cleared and the room prepared for entertainment, but would retire to the parlour or banqueting room.

As the idea of banqueting developed, it could take place at any time during the day and have much more in common with the later practice of taking tea. Banqueting rooms varied greatly from house to house, but were generally on an intimate scale either in a garden room or inside such as the small banqueting turrets in [Longleat House].

Historic context
Today, banquets serve many purposes from training sessions, to formal business dinners. Business banquets are a popular way to strengthen bonds between businessmen and their partners. It is common that a banquet is organized at the end of an academic conference. A [[luau]] is one variety of banquet originally used in Hawaii. The [[Nei Mongol]] provincial government in China levies a tax on banquets.

Contemporary times
Today, banquets serve many purposes from training sessions, to formal business dinners. Business banquets are a popular way to...
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