America's Favorite Holidays Paperback

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America's Favorite Holidays

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This book explores how five of America's culturally dominant holidays Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving came to be what they are today, combining seasonal celebrations, religious and national meanings, and the influences of modern popular culture. Forbes weaves the fascinating stories of each holiday to include surprises and interesting tidbits that are both entertaining and thought-provoking. While these five holidays are important for many different reasons, their origins all include religion to some extent, although sometimes in unexpected ways. Christianity is the most prominent religion among these holidays simply because the vast majority of Americans identify themselves as Christian, even with the increasing pluralism of American society. Still, Forbes at least briefly considers Passover, religions of ancient Rome, Celtic practices, the Mexican Day of the Dead, American civil religion, and more.
America's Favorite Holidays deftly distills information from a wide range of sources into an appealing and accessible narrative for general readers, answering their curiosity about the origins of each holiday and the many ways that religion and culture mix.

America's Favorite Holidays by Bruce David Forbes was published by University of California Press in November 2015. The ISBN for America's Favorite Holidays is 9780520284722.

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Page last updated 19th July 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherUniversity of California Press (November 2015)
Number of Pages247
Thickness15 mm
Height203 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4332855
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