The history and pageantry of religious and national customs the world over are captured in imaginative format and informative text in this survey of well-known and of virtually unknown holidays. By arranging the material according to season rather than by separate national groups, the author achieves a unified picture of what occurs in many places throughout the calendar year. While the children of Israel welcome spring with Tu B' Shvat, their contemporaries in Pakistan are celebrating the festival of Basanth. The Buddhist Spring Festival, the Hindu New Year, the Christian Easter also occur during this season. Summer brings the important holiday of O-Ban to Japan, the Festival of the Sacred Tooth to Ceylon, and in olden times, the Summer Festivals to the Iroquois Indians. Autumn and Winter are filled with their treasured days as well, all of which are highlighted and described on the basis of religious and/or historical significance and traditional customs. A collection which attractively promotes international friendship while instructing the novice on his own and on other unique holidays.