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Feasts and Celebrations
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Meaning and Function

1. Holidays (cf. ‘holy day’) or feast/festivals (Lat., festum) have at least two peculiarities. For one, they are established in religious, cultural, and social frameworks as repeatable happenings; for another, on their occasion, persons are spontaneously inclined to gather in gladsome social celebration. I…

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Gronover, Annemarie, “Feasts and Celebrations”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 18 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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