Review by Choice Review
The second edition of this dictionary expands and updates the first (CH, Feb '95). The entries (about 500 are new) are arranged alphabetically and describe religious, cultural, ethnic, historical, legal, popular, and sports-related events and celebrations. Each entry gives contact or source information; the sources are also cited in the new 23-page annotated bibliography, which provides a useful guide to the reference and general literature on holidays, but there is no key to the abbreviations used for the sources. Eight indexes provide an impressive variety of access to the entries. New or revised indexes (ethnic and geographic, name and keyword, subject, and legal holidays by state and by country) join the religious group, chronological, and special indexes (ancient/pagan, calendar, folkloric, historic, promotional, and sporting) from the first edition. Other features new to this edition include a section on the millennium and appendixes on US presidents, tourist information sources, admission days for US states, and Web sites concerning holidays. A very good reference and guide to information on holidays and festivals around the world. Recommended for all libraries. J. M. Wehmeyer Wright State University
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Review by Booklist Review
New to this edition are contact information for contemporary public festivals; six new appendixes, including holiday Web sites and admission days of states and territories; and five new indexes, including legal holidays by state and country, and an index by ethnic group. There is also a special section on the millennium. The Board called the first edition "an excellent reference" [RBB Ag 94]. (Reviewed December 15, 1997)0780800745Mary Ellen Quinn
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Review by School Library Journal Review
Gr 5 Up-This comprehensive reference tool has been substantially enlarged and updated from the 1994 edition. The alphabetically arranged entries on secular and religious holidays from more than 100 countries, and all 50 states, are brief two-to-three paragraph entries, and include holidays of national or religious importance, as well as colorful local observances. This edition contains over 500 new entries, adding the admission days for all 50 states, independence days for the countries of the world, and an assortment of other observances, such as the Grant Wood Art Festival in Iowa and the United Nations World Food Day. The indexes have also been expanded to provide more subject access, an ethnic and geographical index, and listings by nation and state. This is a strong complement to other holiday reference works, providing fewer entries in more detail than Holidays and Anniversaries of the World (1990) and more articles, but less folklore information than Margaret MacDonald's Folklore of World Holidays (1991, both Gale). With the additional material, this new edition is a worthwhile purchase for libraries developing a comprehensive holiday reference collection.-Danita Nichols, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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