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Holidays & Festivals

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  • Lent, Yom Kippur, and Other Atonement Daysby Amy Hackney Blackwell

    Infobase Publishing 2009; US$ 48.00

    Despite their best intentions, people are imperfect and will inevitably make mistakes. They yearn for a chance to start over, to right wrongs, and to create a better future by improving upon the past. Several religious holidays around the world are devoted to this task. These observances allow individuals to reflect on their errors and make amends... more...

  • Christmas and Hanukkahby Elizabeth A. Dice

    Infobase Publishing 2009; US$ 48.00

    In the modern era, Christmas and Hanukkah have become widely popular holidays worldwide. The Christian festival of Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, while Hanukkah celebrates a miracle that took place during biblical times. Although the events recalled in these holidays are unconnected, Christianity and Judaism spring from common traditions... more...

  • Western and Chinese New Year's Celebrationsby Elizabeth A. Dice

    Infobase Publishing 2009; US$ 48.00

    Despite the numerous cultural and religious differences among countries, one universally common occurrence is the transition from one year to the next. Although cultures commemorate the event in varying ways, the New Year is generally a time to honor the past and prepare for a hopeful future. Western and Chinese New Year's Celebrations focuses... more...

  • Halloween and Commemorations of the Deadby Roseanne Montillo

    Infobase Publishing 2009; US$ 48.00

    Almost all cultures around the world have days during which they honor those who have died, and pray for those souls that have not yet reached heaven. Although many of these holidays have assumed a secular attitude, the original, supernatural tone of these days still colors the celebrations. Halloween, or All Hallow's Eve as it was once known,... more...

  • Easter, Passover, and Other Spring Festivalsby Ann Morrill

    Infobase Publishing 2009; US$ 48.00

    Spring signifies change and a new beginning. A time of longer days and warmer weather, the holidays celebrated during this season reflect this sense of renewal and rebirth. The specific customs and traditions may differ among cultures, but the underlying themes - of honoring life and the triumph of good over evil - remain the same. Although hundreds... more...

  • Religious New Year's Celebrationsby Ann Morrill

    Infobase Publishing 2009; US$ 48.00

    New Year's celebrations are times when families and friends come together to celebrate endings and new beginnings. When a religious element is added to these celebrations, there is also a sense of spiritual duty. Rather than simply 'ring in the New Year' with food and festivities, participants in religious New Year's celebrations consider... more...

  • Thanksgiving and Other Harvest Festivalsby Ann Morrill

    Infobase Publishing 2009; US$ 48.00

    Without the ability to grow and harvest crops, permanent civilizations would not have developed. Because societies were dependent on cultivating their crops for food, storage, and trade, harvesting became a sacred event in many cultures. Ancient people believed spirits lived within their crops, and went to great lengths to appease these beings. Although... more...

  • Carnivalby Daniel Shafto

    Infobase Publishing 2009; US$ 48.00

    Throughout the world, there is no holiday celebrated quite like Carnival. During this loud, boisterous, colorful holiday, mayhem seems to dominate societies in the last grand celebration of life before Christians begin the sober season of Lent. Before this 40-day period of sacrifice and denial, people of various cultures indulge in rich food, choreograph... more...

  • Holidays of the World Cookbook for Studentsby Lois S. Webb

    ABC-CLIO 1995; US$ 56.00

    What better way to introduce young people to different countries and cultures than to study how others celebrate their holidays? Over 350 proven recipes have been assembled by Lois Sinaiko Webb, coauthor of the bestselling Multicultural Cookbook for Students. Whether young people are researching holiday customs and foods or planning to prepare the... more...

  • Christmas Is Hereby Adapted From The King James Bible; Lauren Castillo

    Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 2011; US$ 12.99

    And the angel said unto them, ?Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.? Audiences from religious and secular worlds alike are familiar with the comforting words from the second chapter of Luke in the King James Bible, most memorably featured in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Just as Linus reminded... more...