Religious Holidays and Calendars, 3rd Edition

  • Editor: Karen Bellenir
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  • ISBN-10: 0780810902
  • ISBN-13: 9780780810907
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 422 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2004 | Published/Released March 2009
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2004

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Religious Holidays and Calendars offers the researcher-whether student, scholar, or seeker-an overview of the time-keeping and holiday traditions of the world's religions, focusing on the unique relationship between religious calendars and religious holidays. This respected source provides concise information about the beliefs, practices, and history of more than 20 major religions. The work begins with a discussion of the development of calendars and other methods of timekeeping, then presents chapters on the major religions, each of which includes an overview of the religion, information on its calendar, and descriptions of its holidays. Multiple appendices and indexes further aid the researcher.

This edition includes 500 entries on sacred feasts, fasts, festivals, and holidays-including more than 100 new entries. It also includes several new features: new illustrations highlight important symbols, concepts, and places, and expanded information on Christianity (Roman Catholic and Protestant; Orthodox; and Non-Trinitarian and Non-Traditional) to better accommodate the diversity of practices, liturgical calendars, and holidays.



  • Karen Bellenir


"An authoritative, comprehensive source for information about the holidays and calendars of the world's religions. . . . This is an essential reference work on religious holidays and calendars for any library." -American Reference Books Annual

— American Reference Books Annual

"The scope of this book is unique in its coverage. The thoughtful essays are a valuable aid." — Booklist

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
1: The History of Calendars.
2: Basic Questions All Calendars Must Answer.
3: The History of Lunar and Lunisolar Calendars.
4: The History of Solar Calendars.
5: Calendar Reform Since the Mid-Eighteenth Century.
6: Calendars and Holidays for Religious Groups.
7: Judaism.
8: Zoroastrianism.
9: Christianity: Roman Catholic and Protestant Expressions.
10: Christianity: Orthodox Expressions.
11: Christianity: Non-Trinitarian and Non-Traditional Expressions.
12: Islam.
13: The Bahá’í Faith.
14: Hinduism.
15: Jainism.
16: Sikhism.
17: Buddhism.
18: Taoism, Confucianism, and Chinese Folk Religions.
19: Shinto.
20: Native American Religions.
21: Paganism.
22: Western African Religions and Their New World Expressions.
23: Ancient Wisdom, Metaphysical, Other Faith Communities.
Appendices and Indexes.
Sources for More Information.
Bibliography and Additional Reading.
Five Year Chronological List of Holidays.
Holiday Index.
Calendar Index.
Master Index.