Annotation Throughout the ages, people of all cultures have had holidays and festivals that give them the chance to dress up in special costumes and disguises. The occasion may be anything from a Carnival procession involving thousands of exotically dressed marchers, a Christmas party with Dad in a Santa suit, or a ceremony marking a high point in the calendar for a particular community or religious group. Whatever the reason for the gathering, the different ways we dress and decorate ourselves for these festivals reveal a lot about the societies that celebrate them and the cultures from which they have emerged -- from ancient hopes and fears to modern fads and fashions. Festivals explores the dramatic, delightful, and even terrifying ways in which people use costume to celebrate important dates and events. Book jacket.
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