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Worldwide Ceremonies & Festivities

Whatever our country or culture, its moments of celebration are filled with color, emotion, exhilaration. We bring out our fineries--the best that we have of food, clothing, and yes, even our manners--to display and share with others. It is a time for generosity and hospitality. Dancing, singing, and storytelling create a blithe ambience devoid of worries. We stir with excitement over parades, games, and the exchanging of gifts. It is this vibrancy of our festive times in life that has been captured by this fascinating collection.

Country Title Author
  Festival Provides Opportunity for Korean-American Expression Tiffany Kajer Wright
Algeria  Sun, Salt, and Caravans: The Nomadic Tuareg of Algiers Gert Muller
Algeria  Al-Hayat al-Taqlidiyya: Traditional Life in Algeria Aida Bamia
Austria  The Glöcklerlauf: Midwinter Celebration in Austria's Ebensee Matias Tugores Martorell
Belgium  Summons to Spring: The Gilles of Binche, Belgium Stephen Osmond
Belgium  Triumph of the Good: Mons, Belgium, Celebrates Its Patron Saints Stephen Osmond
Belgium  Come Here, Come Here: Belgium Celebrates St. Nicholas' Day Stephen Osmond
Belize  The Mennonites of Spanish Lookout Carl R. Jantzen
Belize  The Dugu: Health and Healing in Garifuna Societies Kathryn Vance Staiano
Bhutan  Bhutan's Tshechu: Festivals in the Land of the Thunder Dragon Barbara Bussell
Brazil  Irmandade da Boa Morte: Brazil's Sisterhood of Our Lady of the Good Death Naomi Katz
Brazil  Bakairi Indian Masks Debra Picchi
Brazil  Sustainable Fashion Born in Brazil’s Favelas Fabiana Frayssinet
Bulgaria  Honoring the Alphabet: Bulgaria's Cyril and Methodius Day Linda Joyce Forristal
Bulgaria  Behind the Mask: Bulgaria's Koukeri Ritual Juliette Terzieff
Burma  Lighting the Way: A Myanmar Journey Stephen J. Osmond
Canada  The Mock Wedding: Folk Drama on the Saskatchewan Prairie Michael Taft
Canada  Mumming in Newfoundland A.M. Powers
Chile  Dieciocho: Chile's Month-Long Independence 'Day' Doris Hamilton
China  People of the 'Wind and Rain' Bridge: China's Dong Nationality Gail Rossi
China  The Light of Yuan Hsiao: Origins of the Chinese Lantern Festival Galen Harris Valle
Colombia  Whites and Blacks: Epiphany in the Colombian Andes Victor Englebert
Denmark  A Joyful Day: Denmark's Rebild Fest Celebrates U.S. Independence Day Bent Lorentzen
Ecuador   Fortress of the Otavalo Spirit Carolyn E. Cullinan
Ethiopia  Gondar Timqat: The Persistence of Christian Tradition in Ethiopia Hailu Habu
Ethiopia  Falasha of Ethiopia Marc Shapiro
Ethiopia  Bringing Ethiopian Easter to America Fanna Gebre
Finland  The Year Turns: Christmas Eve Illuminates Finland's Darkest Days Ed Street
France  Carnival in Nice Annie Sidro
Georgia  Georgia: Toasting Its Memory and Future Paul J. Magnarella
Germany  Oberammergau's Easter Play: Passion 2000 Jeanne Conte
Germany  Christkindlmarkt: Nuremberg's Christ Child Market Nino Lo Bello
Germany  Where Beer Rules: The Calendar and Munich's Bavarian Identity Stephen Osmond
Ghana  A Joyful Funeral: Ghana's Rite of Eternal Rest Victor Englebert
Guatemala  Rooster Race: Day of the Dead in Todos Santos, Guatemala Barbara McClatchie Andrews
Guatemala  To Soften the Path: Sawdust Carpets in Guatemala's Easter Celebrations Larry L. Evans
Iceland  Long Night of Dreams: Midwinter Celebrations in Iceland Stephen Osmond
India  The Pushkar Fair Jane Schreibman
India  Nectar of the Moon: Worshiping Khandoba in Jejuri, India Rajesh Vora
India  Anointing Lord Bahubali: Indian Jains Celebrate Mahamastakabhisheka Lilit Gambhir
India  Inscribe His Name: Tattoos and India's Ramnaami Community Rajesh Vora
India  Temple Giants: Elephants in the Culture of Kerala Jane Schreibman
India  'Hail Narmadama': The Richness of India's Narmada Pilgrimage Christi Ann Merrill; photographed by Jane Schreibman
India  Cremations in Varanasi Pramesh Ratnakar
India  No One Is Too Poor: Harvest Festivity in India's Southernmost State Lalit Gambhir
India  Trichur Pooram: Elephant Festival in Kerala Lalit Gambhir
India  Washington Celebrates Maximum India Surekha Vijh
India  The Mystique of India's Snake Charming Peter Gorman
Indonesia  The Dani of Irian Jaya Erika Fabian
Indonesia  One Sure Thing: The Endurance of Balinese Tradition Cynthia Kanetsuka
Indonesia  As Fleeting as Mist: Funeral Celebrations in Torajaland Rita and Jim Ariyoshi
Indonesia  Releasing Body and Soul: Double Burial Among the Tetum David Hicks
Indonesia  Liberation Through Fire: Cremations in Bali Carol Simowitz
Iran  A Qashqa'i Wedding Lois Beck
Israel  The Jerusalem Circus: A Symbol of Hope Amelia Thomas
Israel  Fire on the Mountain: Honoring a Mystic in Northern Israel Leland Malkus
Israel  Moroccans Celebrate in Israel: Finding Their Place Written and photographed by Nechemia Meyers
Istanbul  Bird Watching Takes Off in Istanbul Esra Keskin Demir
Italy  150 Years of Italy Martin Gani
Italy  Renewed Promise: Cori's Festive Flag-Wavers Jeanne Conte
Japan  “Uchinanchu” Okinawa Homecoming! Dave Bartruff
Japan  Keeping Back the Rains: Origins and Function of Japan's Gion Festivals Jon Burbank
Japan  Small and Pretty: Japanese Hina Dolls Masako Katoh
Kenya  Samburu of Loiyangalani Lesley A. Northup
Kenya  Four Days for the Prophet: Kenya's Maulidi Festival Celebrates the Birth of Muhammad Rebecca Gearhart; photography by Wendy Stone
Kenya  Mystique of the Masai: The 'Chosen' People of East Africa Ettagale Blauer
Korea, South  Korea's Lunar New Year Adri de Groot
Korea, South  Kohui: The Korean Seventieth Birthday Celebration Cho Hung Youn
Madagascar  Making Ancestors: Funerary Traditions of the Malagasy John Mack
Malta  More Music for the Saints: Religious Feasts in Malta Jeremy Boissevain
Mexico  Two Sides of the Same Reality: Mexico's El Dia de los Muertos Jo Farb Hernandez and Sam Hernandez
Mexico  Dancing Through Time: The Lengendary Parachicos of Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico David Manry
Mexico  The Flute Calls: Totonac Voladores: Ritual Fliers of Mexico S. Jeffrey K. Wilkerson
Mexico  Triste Navidad: Symbolism and Sad Christmas in Chiapas Doris H. Gray
Mexico  El Nino Fidencio: Celebrating Mexico's Folk Healer James Burbank
Morocco  Marriage in Morocco Ettagale Blauer
Nepal  Ghanto Jatra: Gurung Tribal Festival in Nepal Jon Burbank
Nepal  Joy and Chaos at a Gurung Wedding Jon Burbank
Norway  Yelling Farewell: Norway's Graduates Celebrate the End of High School Anne-Sofie Hjemdahl
Norway  Norway's Crowning City: Trondheim Celebrates Its Millennium Stephen Henkin
Peru  Festival of the Sun: Reviving an Inca Celebration in Cuzco, Peru Jim Lo Scalzo
Philippines  Fiesta and Community: Philippine Folk Culture, Part One Linda Pandes Jacob
Poland  Visiting the Deceased: Poland's All Saints' Celebration Frank Fox
Poland  Of Miracles, Faith, and Family: The Veneration of the Virgin in Poland Philip Gerard
Portugal  The Dead and the Living in Minho Joao de Pina-Cabral
Portugal  Behind the Mountains: Life in Portugal's Remote Tras-os-Montes David Hicks And Photographed By Maxine Hicks
Qatar  Islam: Recurring Happiness Rachel Hajar
Russia  Northern Star: Moscow Celebrates Its 850th Anniversary Elena Pavlova
Russia  Grateful Memory, Present Hope Norman D. Pott
Senegal  A Return to Nature: Rethinking Female Circumcision in Africa Louisa Kasdon
Singapore  We Perform for the Gods Peter Schoppert
Spain  Fiesta in Almonte Michael Dean Murphy and J. Carlos González Faraco
Taiwan  The Return of the Immortal Paiwan Bien Daniel Chiang
Thailand  Living Among the Akha, Thailand's Largest Hill Tribe Antonio Graceffo
Tibet  A Tibetan Rodeo: Annual Festivities and Games in Naxqu Larry L. Evans
Trinidad and Tobago   'All Ahh We Is One': Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago Pamela Conley
Turkey  Mevlevis Dance to an Old World Song Susannah Zak
Turkey  Evil Eye Exorcism in Istanbul Annie Prior Ozsarac
Turkey  New Year’s Celebrations Gain Acceptance in Turkey Minhac Celik
Ukraine  Little Sunshine: Ukraine's Love for the Sunflower Alla Rogers
United Kingdom  Stag and Earth Mother: Pagan Beliefs in Ancient Britain Robert W. Nicholls
United Kingdom  Garlanding the Well: Dressing Village Wells in Britain's Peak District Herb Greer
United States  Be Ready to Dance: Festivities Along Louisiana’s Back Roads Stuart Wasserman
United States  The Kutztown Folk Festival Margaret Montet
United States  Neighborhood: The Adams Morgan Day Festival Stephanie Glass
United States  Korus 2010: Celebrating Korean-American Culture Josh Kambour
United States  Christmas Eve in St. Augustine J.D. Watson
United States  They Dance for Rain: The Hopis Ronald Mc Coy
United States  The Flathead Indians Patricia Braun
United States  This Day Might Inflame: Valentine Customs Through the Ages Peggy Robbins
United States  Welcomed Guests: The Day of the Dead Crosses the Border William Lyell, Jr.; Photographed By Diane Lyell
Vanuatu  Hurtling to Life: The Land Divers of Pentecost Island Written and photographed by Anders Ryman
Wales  On Being Welsh: Old and New Shape Wales' Identity Jane H. Halpert
Zambia  Kuomboka: The Ritual Voyage of the Lozi Paramount Joseph O. Vogel and Jean E. Vogel
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