Traditional Festivals: A Multicultural Encyclopedia, Volume 1

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ABC-CLIO, 2005 - Social Science - 548 pages

This illustrated reference work covers a wide range of festivals that have sacred origins and are, or have been, part of a folk tradition, a world religion, or a major civilization.

* More than 150 A-Z entries on the content and context of each festival, tracing its historical development and geographic variations, from Ashura (Islam) to Whitsuntide (Christianity)

* 70 illustrations of festive rituals including photos of Belgium's Binche Carnival, Japan's Cherry Blossom Festival, and the Zulu Reed Dance

* Tables of dates for the major feasts in Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as for the Chinese New Year

* Calendar graph showing at a glance the relative places of all the festivals discussed in the seasonal cycle of a single year

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Contents

Akitu Mesopotamia
5
Apaturia Greece
13
Ashura Islam
19
M
23
Naw Ruz Zoroastrianism Baháism 311
34
Busk American Southeast
35
Candlemas Christianity
41
New Year China Korea 319
45
Eleusinian Mysteries Greece
135
Elevation of the Cross Christianity
139
Fordicidia and Parilia Rome
157
Games Rome
167
Ganesha Chaturthi Hinduism
178
Gurpurb Sikhism
186
Holi and Vasant Panchami Hinduism
192
Holy Week Christianity
198

Carneia Greece
47
Cherry Blossom Festival Japan
56
Conception and Birth of the Virgin Mary
72
Cowherd and Weaving Maid
81
Palm Sunday Christianity 349
85
Days of the Dead China Korea
87
Dionysia Greece and Rome
100
Divali Hinduism Jainism Sikhism
109
Dong Zhi China
115
Easter Christianity
121
Eid Islam
129
APPENDIXES
133
Inti Raymi and Huarachicu Incas
205
Izcalli Aztecs
211
Khoiak and HebSed Egypt
223
KI LAM Hittites
229
Sabbath Judaism 401
231
L
237
Index 531
239
Saint Nicholas Christianity415
240
Lent Christianity
244
Liberalia Rome
250
Spring Festival of Cybele and Attis
251
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About the author (2005)

Christian Roy, PhD, is a historian and a freelance translator and researcher. He is currently a member of the International Troeltsch-Tillich Project, preparing French editions of these two German theologians' works, based at Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec.

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