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Initially the development of holidays and festivals in the early modern period remained tied to the medieval tradition of the church’s liturgical year, which was largely binding on all Christendom. Beginning in the 17th century, dynastic and political holidays of highly variable territorial and social extent but less stability became increasingly important. Holidays – days in the course of the year set aside for common religious or political festivities, remembrance, and rest from work (“holy days,” French jours de…

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Dohrn-van Rossum, Gerhard and Galley, Susanne, “Holidays”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019176>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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