Holidays and Festivals Index: A Descriptive Guide to Information on More Than 3,000 Holidays and Festivals Worldwide

Holidays and Festivals Index: A Descriptive Guide to Information on More Than 3,000 Holidays and Festivals Worldwide

by Barry Puckett
     
 

A companion to Omnigraphics' Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, this index provides up-to-date information on more than 3,000 observances throughout the world. Holidays and Festivals Index functions as a master index to the Dictionary and more than twenty other standard reference works. It identifies sources on holidays, festivals,… See more details below

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A companion to Omnigraphics' Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, this index provides up-to-date information on more than 3,000 observances throughout the world. Holidays and Festivals Index functions as a master index to the Dictionary and more than twenty other standard reference works. It identifies sources on holidays, festivals, celebrations, commemorations, holy days, feasts and fasts, and other observances.

Helpful extra features include a section explaining various calendars of the world, summary tables of state and national public holidays, and an annotated bibliography of related texts. Extensive indexes: Chronological, Ethnic and Geographic, Name, and Religion.

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Library Journal
As the title indicates, this is strictly an index to holidays and festivals. No other information is included except name, derivation of name, location of celebration, ethnic or religious affiliation, date established, and date observed, followed by cited sources of information. However, this is as complete an index as can be imagined: numerous sections and special indexes enable the researcher to gain access to specific celebrations by state, country, ethnicity, religion, name of honoree; chronologically by month and day; geographically by region; and alphabetically. Over 3000 commemorative events from 150 countries are included. There is an index to 27 reference tools published between 1962 and 1994 pertaining to holidays and festivals. Few libraries will own all, but a collection of the standard titles should suffice, especially since Chase's Annual Events (LJ 12/1/93) will give immediate gratification in the form of elaboration on the holiday in question. This is an exhaustively produced work that does not have any competition as a subject index, but it is not essential except for the most exhaustive collections. An unexpected treat is a lengthy list of "Words Relating to Periods of Time," useful for librarians in this antebimillennial era. For large public and university libraries.-James William Moffet, Baldwin P.L., Birmingham, Mich.
Zom Zoms
This volume indexes 27 reference books that provide information on more than 3,000 holidays, festivals, celebrations, commemorative days, feasts, and fasts in more than 150 countries. The criteria used for inclusion were that the holiday holds some cultural significance, is observed on a regular basis, and appears in the standard reference sources used The volume begins with a list of legal holidays by state and country; a dictionary of words relating to periods of time (e.g., "hebdomadal--weekly"), brief descriptions of calendar systems around the world, a comparative table of calendar systems, an annotated bibliography of the sources indexed, and a list of additional sources The entries are arranged alphabetically by English name with alternate forms or foreign names of the holiday in parentheses (e.g., "Epiphany [Trettondag Jul]"). Entries provide the location of the event, the ethnic or religious groups who celebrate it, the year the holiday was established, the date observed, and a list of the reference sources in which further information can be found. There are four additional indexes. The "Ethnic and Geographical Index" lists events by the places where they are celebrated or the ethnic groups that celebrate them (e.g., "Warsaw, Poland--"Theatre meetings, December). The name index lists people with whom the holidays and festivals are associated (e.g., "Houston, Sam"Independence Day, Texas, March 2). The religion index lists holidays and festivals by religion, and the chronological indexes list fixed events by date under the Gregorian calendar and various movable Chinese, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim holidays This volume is a worthwhile purchase for public and university libraries that have access to the sources indexed. Gale's "Folklore of American Holidays" (2d ed., 1991), "Folklore of World Holidays" ["RBB" Ap 15 92], and Omnigraphics' "Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary" ["RBB" Ag 94], for example, are indexed here.
Booknews
A guide to some 3,000 holidays, festivals, celebrations, commemorative days, feasts, and fasts held in countries around the world, as found in 26 well-known and widely held dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference works on special days and observances. The main text is an alphabetical arrangement of events by name. Entries may include name of event, person or event named for or honored, location, ethnic or religious group, date established, date of observance, and sources with page numbers. Also included is a section explaining the different calendars of the world and tables of state and national public holidays. An annotated bibliography lists a wide range of books for all ages. Ethnic and geographic, name, religion, and chronological indexes follow the main index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780780800120
Publisher:
Omnigraphics, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/1995
Pages:
885

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