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
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