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World holidays : a Watts guide for children
Moehn, Heather.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : F. Watts, [2000]

Physical Description:
123 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
An illustrated alphabetical guide to celebrations and holidays around the world, including religious, civic, and cultural practices.
Format :


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GT3932 .M64 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Reference material
GT3932 .M64 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
GT3932 .M64 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
GT3932 .M64 2000 Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday

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- Five-year Holiday Calendar- Sidebars- Glossary- Bibliography- Index

Author Notes

Heather Moehn was a freelance writer and editor in Boston. Her nonfiction young adult books covered such diverse topics as world holidays and leukemia.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. From Father's Day to Diwali, Walpurgisnacht to World AIDS Day, Moehn has used a wide-angle lens to survey annual commemorations around the world. She introduces more than a hundred: some religious at base, some totally secular; some occasions for rejoicing, others mournful; some marking life stages or seasons, others designed to keep historical events fresh in the collective memory. The alphabetically arranged entries run from a half page to an entire spread and are illustrated mostly with small color photographs. They conclude with a particularly useful feature--a reference to similar holidays. Into general accounts of each holiday's origins and meanings, the author stirs generous quantities of specific information about characteristic practices and regional variations. She doesn't shy away from controversy, explaining, for instance, why Irish Protestants marching on Orange Day stay away from Catholic areas. Back matter includes descriptions of seven major calendars and a schedule of holidays, 2001^-2005. Although this won't replace Henderson and Thompson's hefty Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World or similar books in the reference collection, this will be just the ticket for short reports--and for young researchers studying connections between human cultures. --John Peters

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-8-This useful resource presents more than 100 religious, cultural, and national holidays celebrated around the world. Alphabetically arranged, most of the entries run from one half to a full page while a few (Hanukkah, Lent, and Ramadan) are longer. A captioned full-color photograph helps to place each celebration in a cultural context. A section on calendars around the world and a five-year holiday calendar are appended. The many cross-references help children to see the similarities among holidays and cultures. Children Just Like Me: Celebrations! (DK, 1997) is more visually exciting and could possibly be used by younger students because of the visuals, but is not as comprehensive as this title.-Peg Glisson, Mendon Center Elementary School, Pittsford, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Adults' Dayp. 1
Adventp. 1
All Saints' Dayp. 2
All Souls' Dayp. 2
ANZAC Dayp. 3
April Fools' Dayp. 3
Arbor Dayp. 4
Ash Wednesdayp. 5
Ashurap. 5
Assumption Dayp. 6
Ati-Atihan Festivalp. 6
Australia Dayp. 7
Baby's First Haircutp. 7
Bastille Dayp. 8
Berchtold's Dayp. 10
Boxing Dayp. 10
Canada Dayp. 11
Central African Republic Independence Dayp. 12
Children's Dayp. 13
Chinese New Yearp. 14
Christmasp. 16
Cinco de Mayop. 18
Citizenship Dayp. 20
Columbus Dayp. 20
Confucius's Birthdayp. 21
Corpus Christi, Feast ofp. 21
Day of the Deadp. 22
Diwalip. 24
Doll Festivalp. 25
Dragon Boat Festivalp. 25
Dussehrap. 26
Earth Dayp. 27
Easterp. 28
Eid al-Adhap. 30
Eid al-Fitrp. 31
Emancipation Dayp. 32
Epiphanyp. 34
Father's Dayp. 35
Flag Dayp. 36
Full Moon Dayp. 37
Ganesha Carturthip. 38
Good Fridayp. 39
Guy Fawkes Dayp. 39
Halloweenp. 40
Hanukkahp. 42
Holocaust Remembrance Dayp. 44
Hostos Dayp. 45
Independence Day (Fourth of July)p. 46
Iranian New Year (Nawruz)p. 48
Jamhuri Dayp. 49
Joan of Arc, Feast ofp. 49
King Kamehameha I Dayp. 50
Korean New Yearp. 51
Krishna's Birthdayp. 52
Kwanzaap. 53
Labor Dayp. 54
Las Posadasp. 55
Leap Year Dayp. 55
Lentp. 56
Mardi Grasp. 58
Martin Luther King Jr. Dayp. 60
May Dayp. 61
Memorial Dayp. 62
Mexican Independence Dayp. 63
Mormon Pioneer Dayp. 64
Mother's Dayp. 65
Muhammad's Birthdayp. 66
Native American Indian Powwowp. 67
New Year's Dayp. 68
Obonp. 70
Orange Dayp. 71
Our Lady of Fatima Dayp. 72
Palm Sundayp. 73
Pan-American Dayp. 73
Passoverp. 74
Pearl Harbor Dayp. 76
Pentecostp. 76
Philippine Independence Dayp. 77
Polish Constitution Dayp. 78
Presidents' Dayp. 79
Pulaski Dayp. 80
Purimp. 80
Raksha Bandhamap. 81
Ramadanp. 82
Republic Dayp. 84
Robert E. Lee Dayp. 84
Rosh Hashanahp. 85
Sadie Hawkins Dayp. 86
San Gennaro, Feast ofp. 86
Sechselautenp. 87
St. John the Baptist Dayp. 87
St. Joseph's Dayp. 88
St. Lucia's Dayp. 89
St. Patrick's Dayp. 90
Sukkotp. 91
Summer Solsticep. 92
Take Our Daughters to Work Dayp. 94
Texas Independence Dayp. 95
Thanksgivingp. 96
Tolp. 98
Tu Bi-shevatp. 99
Vaisakhip. 99
Valentine's Dayp. 100
Vernal Equinoxp. 101
Vesakp. 101
Veterans' Dayp. 102
Victoria Dayp. 103
Vietnamese New Year (Tet Nguyen Dan)p. 104
Waitangi Dayp. 105
Walpurgisnacht (Walpurgis Night)p. 105
World AIDS Dayp. 106
Yom Kippurp. 107
Calendars from Around the Worldp. 108
Holiday Calendarp. 112
Glossaryp. 116
Bibliographyp. 118
Indexp. 120
Picture Creditsp. 123