A Guide to World Fairs and Festivals

A Guide to World Fairs and Festivals

A Guide to World Fairs and Festivals

A Guide to World Fairs and Festivals

Synopsis

"This is a companion volume to A Guide to Fairs and Festivals in the United States. It covers seventy-five countries. . . . Recommended for large public libraries. Choice

Excerpt

Festivals and celebrations have been a way of life almost since the time of Adam and Eve. The changing of the seasons, planting time, harvest time, successful hunts, birthdays, weddings and religious rites have all been reasons for a festival. They still are. Additionally anniversaries are occasions for rejoicing. Most events occur annually, attracting people from all parts of the world. These visitors stay, spend money and help the local economy. Festivals also mean jobs. This is especially true when the festival is keyed to the visual and performing arts, as many are. Such events also give an area a cultural heritage that it previously did not have. Many festivals are well organized, handled by non-profit associations or helped by government subsidy. Other festivals, though held annually, are not so well organized although they do seem to fall into place once begun. Preparation is usually done with volunteer help.

This book is a guide to fairs and festivals throughout the world. It covers 75 countries, encompassing Canada (all of its provinces and territories), Central and South America, Europe (Eastern and Western), Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific and the Far East. The United States is covered in a separate book, A Guide to Fairs and Festivals in the United States, also published by Greenwood Press. All festivals and events in this book are listed alphabetically by country, city and town. In the case of Canada, the province and territory is listed and Mexico by state, city and/or town. All names, with some exceptions, are in English. Dates are by month and time of year rather than specific ones which change constantly. Each event includes information on its origin, history, purpose, special features, successes and future plans, plus a description of each festival or event, consisting of one or more paragraphs.

As in the preparation for A Guide to Fairs and Festivals in the United States, special questionnaires were mailed to thousands of festival organizers, government and city tourist bureaus all over the world. As a newspaper editor and compiler of calendars of events for many top newspapers and magazines, I had direct contact with many festivals. I have also attended many events, described in this book and in the United State guide. The questionnaire attempted to obtain . . .

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