This guide explores the origins of more than 750 well-known symbols associated with the 200 most popular holidays in the United States and worldwide. It describes each symbol's traditional, historical, and modern significance while unfolding the stow of the associated holidays.Entries are arranged alphabetically by holiday and contain the following information: type of holiday, location and place of observance, listing of associated symbols, brief introduction to holiday's origin, detailed information about each symbol, listing of related holidays, and bibliography for further reading. Holiday Symbols also features four separate indexes: Chronological, Holiday, Nationality, and Symbol. Includes special section on holiday Web sites.
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