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Rhoanna

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Book about USA ritual year?
« on: August 13, 2012, 01:05:01 pm »
I recently finished reading Hutton's Stations of the Sun, and found it quite interesting and informative. I'd like to find a similar scholarly treatment of holidays and seasonal observances in the United States, but haven't had any luck. Does anyone know of such a book? Or barring that, any good scholarly articles, that are easy to access?

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Re: Book about USA ritual year?
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2012, 05:08:36 pm »
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I recently finished reading Hutton's Stations of the Sun, and found it quite interesting and informative. I'd like to find a similar scholarly treatment of holidays and seasonal observances in the United States, but haven't had any luck. Does anyone know of such a book? Or barring that, any good scholarly articles, that are easy to access?

I'm not sure the US has anything like that as the US is too large a country for such seasonal holidays. South Texas seasons are VERY different that Maine seasons, for example -- and I'm not even mentioning Alaska and Hawaii. :)
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Re: Book about USA ritual year?
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2012, 08:04:24 pm »
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I'm not sure the US has anything like that as the US is too large a country for such seasonal holidays. South Texas seasons are VERY different that Maine seasons, for example -- and I'm not even mentioning Alaska and Hawaii. :)


Yeah, too large and varied for anything other than a discussion of the (mostly) secular federal holidays (the ones the banks are all closed on) like President's Day, Fourth of July, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, Labor Day, Christmas, and New Year's. And even there there's no country-wide ritual (save maybe shooting fireworks at midnight on New Year's or something [and closing all the government buildings and banks!]) involved with each holiday.

There are plenty of other holidays that are celebrated in a particular way in one part of the country (like Fiesta in San Antonio or, as a better example, Mardi Gras in New Orleans). And there are other holidays which might be celebrated across the country in various places but very differently (like all the St. Patrick's Day parades and Oktoberfest festivals).
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Re: Book about USA ritual year?
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2012, 08:21:57 pm »
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I recently finished reading Hutton's Stations of the Sun, and found it quite interesting and informative. I'd like to find a similar scholarly treatment of holidays and seasonal observances in the United States, but haven't had any luck. Does anyone know of such a book? Or barring that, any good scholarly articles, that are easy to access?

 
I either haven't read it, or read it long ago.  

Question, are the holidays he covers basically the 8 holidays from the Wiccan Wheel of the Year? I'm pretty sure that a version (for lack of a better word) had come down in the UK as similarly dated Christian holidays. Beltaine, Samhain, Lammas. I know Beltaine is a bank holiday in Scotland, labeled as May Day or such.  Samhain is still All Hallows, although for past 400 years it's also been associated with Guy Fawkes.

Reason I'm asking is that for American holidays you'd have:

1 - Secular holidays like Finn pointed out. July 4th, Memorial Day, etc, although I'd add in opening day for NASCAR, opening day for the Red Sox, etc depending upon region.

2 - Christian(ized) holidays as celebrated by the various ethnic groups that settled in the various parts of the US. Old style Italian Christmas is going to be very different from German Christmas (per Koi).

3 - Local Native American holidays.

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