FESTIVALS FOR YOU TO CELEBRATE by Susan Purdy

FESTIVALS FOR YOU TO CELEBRATE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Old pagan and religious festivals, newer patriotic and local holidays, arranged by season and pre-packaged for celebration. Much of the material, as the author says, ""may be adapted to fit any occasion""; for that purpose, activities are listed in a separate index under such headings as Costumes and Masks. But the book's attraction lies in the comprehensive presentation of each featured occasion: its history and that of pertinent customs; the significance of suggested games, foods, etc.; instructions for each. These are highly diverse and quite imaginative; so is the selection of ""festivals."" Under Spring, for example, there's the Swiss Sechselaeuten (climaxed by sending ""Old Man Winter"" up in smoke); the Swedish custom of decorating ""Easter Twigs"" and setting them in water to sprout; April Fool's Day as observed in France and Scotland; Hina-Matsuri, the Japanese Doll Festival; Tango-No-Sekku, their Boys' Festival, market by flying carp kites; the Roman May Day and an adaptation of the English observation; etc., etc. As in her previous books, the author tells how-to-do-it simply and clearly; she also tells how hard it is. Fun for enterprising loners and a fund of ideas for groups.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1969
Publisher: Lippincott