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America's Favorite Holidays : Candid Histories (Hardcover) (Bruce David Forbes)

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America’s Favorite Holidays explores how five of America’s culturally dominant holidaysChristmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgivingcame to be what they are today, combinations of seasonal and religious celebrations heavily influenced by modern popular culture. Deftly distilling information from a wide range of sources, Bruce David Forbes reveals the often surprising history behind the traditions of each holiday. The book offers a comprehensive look at the Christian origins of these holidays and also touches on Passover, the religions of ancient Rome, Celtic practices, Mexico’s Day of the Dead, and American civil religion.America’s Favorite Holidays is an appealing and accessible narrative for general readers, answering our curiosity about the origins of our holidays and the many ways in which religion and culture mix.
America?s Favorite Holidays explores how five of America?s culturally dominant holidaysChristmas, Valentine?s Day, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgivingcame to be what they are today, combinations of seasonal and religious celebrations heavily influenced by modern popular culture. Deftly distilling information from a wide range of sources, Bruce David Forbes reveals the often surprising history behind the traditions of each holiday. The book offers a comprehensive look at the Christian origins of these holidays and also touches on Passover, the religions of ancient Rome, Celtic practices, Mexico?s Day of the Dead, and American civil religion.America?s Favorite Holidays is an appealing and accessible narrative for general readers, answering our curiosity about the origins of our holidays and the many ways in which religion and culture mix.
Number of Pages: 222.0
Genre: Religion + Beliefs
Sub-Genre: Holidays
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Author: Bruce David Forbes
Language: English
Street Date: October 27, 2015
TCIN: 46758994
UPC: 9780520284715
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-6650

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