The authors bring to this compendium of holidays a warm appreciation and a vast store of information of many peoples and their customs. Around the world, in places as widely separate as Egypt and Sea Girt, New Jersey, the authors have found merrymaking rooted in the deepest needs of people. Skimming lightly through the sacred groves of Frazier and his followers, Hutchison and Adams have handled a vast amount of material, skillfully avoiding the pitfalls. For each day of the year they have chosen a holiday celebrated somewhere in the world on that date. They have described Druid, Egyptian, Tibetan, Indian and many many other cultural curiosities, indicating often the relationships with older rituals. Catholic, Jewish and Mohammedan ceremonies are included. This framework is less artificial than might be expected, unless you quibble over inclusion of seasonal folk festivals and Indian pageants for the tourists as not strictly ""Holiday"". A pleasant and unusual book for armchair travelers, quite different from other holiday texts.