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Holidays, Festivals and Celebrations of the World Dictionary


A Compendious Reference Guide to Popular, Ethnic, Religious, National,
and Ancient Holidays, Festivals, Celebrations, Commemorations,
Holy Days, Feasts, and Fasts, Including Contact Information and
Web Sites. Supplemented by Special Sections on Words Relating to Time,
Calendar Systems, Phases of the Moon, the World’s Major Living
Religions, Facts about the U.S. States and Territories, Legal Holidays by
State, Facts about the U.S. Presidents, Facts about Countries around the
World, Legal Holidays by Country, Tourism Information Sources; and by
an Annotated Bibliography and Chronological, Historic, Ancient,
Folkloric, Calendar, Promotional, Sports, and Subject Indexes

What's New for the Fourth Edition
Over 500 brand-new entries 
Updated contact information and web sites 
New appendices add background information on world holidays 
Overview of the world’s major religions 
Facts about countries of the world 
Phases of the moon and how they are used to calculate holidays and events 


This revised and expanded fourth edition of Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary
(HFCWD) contains up-to-date information about more than 3,000 holidays, festivals, celebrations,
commemorations, holy days, feasts and fasts, and other observances from all parts of the
world, including more than 500 entries that are new to this edition. Entries include events for which
people come together for a day or periods of up to a few days or (rarely) weeks for special activities,
celebrations, commemorations, or rituals. These events have a story to tell, in that each is significant,
unusual, or somehow remarkable. Holidays and festivals for more than 100 countries, as well as
events specifically observed in every state of the United States, are included.

The entries cover holidays and festivals that are popular, secular, religious, or a combination thereof.
The majority of entries covers events still celebrated or observed, but a few ancient and discontinued
events are included because allusions to them still appear in literature or art, or occur in

Birth or death anniversaries of famous individuals generally are not included, nor are simple
anniversaries of historical events. But those few such events that are regularly observed with significant
celebrations or special activities, or that have particular cultural significance, such as

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