Encyclopedia of Holidays And Celebrations: A Country-by-country Guide (Three Volume Set)

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Encyclopedia of Holidays and Celebrations: A Country-by-CountryGuide explores major holidays and festivals in 206 countries. The firsttwo volumes are organized alphabetically by country. The third volumefeatures overview articles that provide detailed information about majorholidays celebrated around the world, as well as articles on majorworld religions. Country entries include: general information, includinglocation, population, government, languages, religions, and nationalholidays; a brief introduction to the country's origins, geography, economy, current lifestyle and culture, and cuisine; subsections onnational holidays, religious holidays, regional holidays, and rites ofpassage; subentries on holidays, including the date it is celebrated;who celebrates it; and a description of the origins, symbols, and ritualsassociated with the celebration/commemoration; and further reading

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Dennis is Associate Professor of History at the University of Oregon.

Dennis is Associate Professor of History at the University of Oregon.

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*Starred Review* Students, teachers, and librarians will delight in this encyclopedia--designed for the high-school level and up--that brings together a wealth of information on major holidays and festivals in 206 countries. In volumes 1 and 2, entries are arranged alphabetically by country, and volume 3 contains illustrated essays exploring 62 major world religions and holidays, from All Saints' Day to Zoroastrianism.

Country entries range in length from 4 to 10 pages. Each begins with a "Fact File" listing basic data such as capital city, population, and major languages and religions. An introduction provides information similar to that found in the CIA World Factbook on history, geography and climate, economy, culture, and cuisine. Holidays and observances are arranged in two groups: "Public/Legal Holidays" and "Religious Holidays." A third grouping discusses "Rites of Passage," such as marriage. A list of further reading closes out each country's coverage. Black-and-white illustrations and sidebars offering additional information (recipes, "The Dreidel," "The Edo Calendar," "The Vikings") and "Fun Facts" add interest. Following the overview entries in volume 3 are regional maps, appendixes on various calendar systems, and a list of holidays by country. A "Holiday Index" and a general index complete the work.

This resource should be helpful for planning programs around the Chinese New Year, Hispanic Heritage Month, Kwanzaa, and other familiar observances. In addition, the encyclopedia excels in highlighting numerous lesser-known festivals from countries with increasing numbers of immigrants living in the U.S. Moscow's Day in Russia (September 19), the Sarajevo Film Festival (held in Bosnia and Herzegovina in August), and Argentina's Wine Festival are just a few examples. But though coverage is broad and balanced on the whole, the encyclopedia is not comprehensive. The Iran entry lists 13 religious holidays with ties to the Islamic calendar, and 7 regional holidays are described in India. The 10 regional holidays listed for the U.S. are a somewhat arbitrary selection including Valentine's Day and Texas Independence Day. Other popular celebrations, such as St. Patrick's Day, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Super Bowl Sunday, are absent.

The standard Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World (3d ed., Omnigraphics, 2005) lists more than 2,500 observances in around 100 countries. Arrangement is alphabetical by event. Other titles, such as Greenwood's Encyclopedia of American Holidays and National Days (2006) and Omnigraphics' African-American Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations (p.108), are more specialized. The work under review is notable for describing holidays in their national and cultural context and is recommended for high-school and public library collections. Diana Kirby
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