"Contains information about nearly 2,500 holidays, festivals, holy days, feasts and fasts, and other observances, including popular, secular, and religious celebrations for more than 100 countries and every state of the United States"--Provided by publisher.Contains information about nearly 2,500 holidays, festivals, holy days, feasts and fasts, and other observances, including popular, secular, and religious celebrations for more than one hundred countries and every state of the United States.
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Whether one is interested in the Iditarod or Ramadan, Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World is the premier source of information. The third edition contains nearly 2,500 observances from the U.S and more than 100 other nations. New content includes more than 400 brand-new entries, among them independence and national days around the world; religious holidays from the Muslim, Sikh, Jain, and Zoroastrian denominations; Native American celebrations; an expanded section on calendar systems; and a perpetual calendar.
The dictionary is arranged alphabetically by the name of the celebration and ranges from Aban Parab, at entry number 0001, to the Zydeco Music Festival, at number 2496. Entries include the name of the celebration, time period, a brief description, contact information, and sources consulted.
Changes from the previous edition include the removal of the introductory "Millennium" chapter and the "Web Sites on Holidays" appendix. The remaining appendixes have been updated. The index section also received an overhaul. There are now three indexes--chronological, special subject, and general. The chronological index has two parts, "Fixed Days and Events Index" and "Moveable Days Index," which lists entries observed according to the non-Gregorian calendar. The "Special Subject Index" is arranged in six categories--"Ancient/Pagan," "Calendar," "Folkloric," "Historic," "Sporting," and "Promotional." Finally, the general index combines four indexes from the previous edition and is arranged alphabetically by keyword and includes proper names.
Extensive introductory pages describe the scope and audience of the book, with detailed instructions for its use. This compilation continues to be recommended for all libraries. Sue Polanka
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Grade 6 Up–This revision offers major changes in access and content from the previous edition (Omnigraphics, 1997). The table of contents has been streamlined, the appendixes revamped, and some general index entries include subheadings. A detailed introduction outlines the volume's organization. More than 400 of the nearly 2500 entries are new and reflect our nation's broadening global and cultural interests, incorporating religious holidays of the Muslim, Sikh, and Jain faiths and Native American cultures, along with secular American days and festivities such as Mayberry Days and Bridge Crossing Jubilee. The alphabetical entries range from a paragraph to a half page and provide the name(s) and date of the holiday and describe the origins, activities, rituals, and foods associated with the event. In this edition, Web sites, e-mail addresses, and contact information are incorporated into the entry along with sources. Some of the holidays and festivals included in the last edition have been omitted and others have had their points of entry changed. A more extensive Calendar Systems around the World has been added, along with a perpetual calendar. The list of Legal Holidays by Country and the index that arranges holidays by date will prove useful to students. Libraries would do well to update their ready-reference collections with this title along with Stephen G. Christianson's complementary The International Book of Days (H.W. Wilson, 2004).–Tina Hudak, St. Bernadette School, Silver Spring, MD
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