A Calendar of Festivals Celebrations from Around the World by Cherry Gilchrist


A Calendar of Festivals Celebrations from Around the World by Cherry Gilchrist

Did you know that when you go trick-or-treating on Hallowe'en you are taking part in an ancient Celtic festival? Or that the old May Day customs were really magical ceremonies to help the earth be fruitful? This compelling collection takes us back to the origins of many festivals that are celebrated throughout the world and traces some of the stories that are connected to them, including stories from the Jewish Festival of Purim, the Russian New Year, the Indian festival of Holi, and of course, Christmas. Each begins with a fascinating introduction to the festival and the useful endnotes at the back of the book offer even more intriguing facts.

About the Author

Cherry Gilchrist has written several books for children, including Sun-day Moon-day - How the Week was Made (1998) and Stories from the Silk Road (1999). She has also written several titles for adults, and her special interest is myths and ancient traditions, such as alchemy and astrology. Cherry runs a business which specialises in Russian arts and she visits Russia regularly. She lives in Bath, England. Helen Cann trained in fine art and illustration at the University of Wales, graduating in 1992. Since then, she has exhibited in both England and the Continent. She has also illustrated The Barefoot Book of Mother and Daughter Tales (1996), The Barefoot Book of Father and Daughter Tales (1997), The Green Man (1997) and A Forest of Stories (2003) for Barefoot Books. Helen lives East Sussex.

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80 pages
Interest Age: 8-12+


Cherry Gilchrist
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Publication date

23rd April 1999



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