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All Around the Year

Holidays and Celebrations in American Life

From Three Kings' Day to the Rocket Festival to Juneteenth, how Americans observe the important days of their lives

Whether they're decorating Easter trees or celebrating Wagner's birthday by playing recordings of his Ring cycle operas and incinerating a model of Valhalla on an outdoor barbecue to the closing strains of "Gotterdämerung," Americans know both how to create and how to celebrate holidays.

Jack Santino's guide to such frivolity is a wonderfully readable exploration of holidays, periods of festivity, and life-cycle rituals and celebrations. Santino draws on history, anthropology, popular culture, and folklore to show the intricate relationships between holidays and the roles that celebrations and rituals play in people's lives.

"The meaning of symbols and the ongoing creation of new ones makes for an interesting, stimulating discussion."--Denise Perry Donavin, Booklist

Jack Santino, is a professor of popular culture at Bowling Green University. He is the author of Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle: Stories of Black Pullman Porters and Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life, Spontaneous Shrines and the Public Memorialization of Death.

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