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This article, though it will concentrate on feasts and festivals in the history of
religions, will also give attention to the holidays of what has been termed the
secular (or profane) sphere. Most secular holidays, however, have some
A significant aspect of the festival celebrating the rite of passing from childhood to
adulthood is the return from seclusion; this return to their communities symbolizes
a type of resurrection and renewal as new persons—adults. Among the ...
The relationship of secular holidays and festival activities to religious festivals
Union and noncentralization The ancient ... May Day, once mainly a springtime
fertility festival that can be traced back to the Magna Mater (Great Mother)
festivals of ...
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