Daniel 5:5 says, “In the same hour the fingers of a man’s hand appeared and wrote opposite the lamp stand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace; and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.”
There was a party going on, there was plenty of food, wine and Nebuchadnezzar’s son Belshazzar hosted the party.
Daniel 5:1-4 says, “Belshazzar the king made a great feast for a thousand of his lords, and drank wine in the presence of the thousand. While he tasted the wine, Belshazzar gave the command to bring the gold and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple which had been in Jerusalem, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink form them.”
“Then they brought the gold vessels that had been taken from the temple of the house of God which had been in Jerusalem; and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank form them.” “They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone.”
As Daniel reflects on the event; the king, his lords, wives and concubines are all basking in their privilege and status; they reach back into Babylon’s past to gloat and bask in their victories and conquest as they worship gods of their creation.