Recommended Reading January 2011-Holidays in January around the World

Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

–William Arthur Ward

Our New Year started with holiday celebrations. In January, we have lots of holidays around the world: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Solnal, Twelfth Night, Epiphany, Julian Christmas, Pongal, Jewish New Year of the Trees, Burns Night, Australia Day, Save the Eagles Day, Amelia Earhart Day, Ben Franklin’s Birthday, Tu B’Shevat, Aquarius, Christa, McAuliffe Day, Tet, Inauguration Day, National Thank You Month…. The following is a recommended reading list for some information about these holiday celebrations in 2011. Happy New Year!



Seasons & celebrations / Pat Miller. 2004, 025.56 M649s 2004

Martin Luther King, Jr. and the foundations of nonviolence / James P. Hanigan.1984,

323.092 K53h 1984

Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. / edited by Clayborne Carson.1998

323.092 K53k 1998

King : a comic book biography / [Ho Che Anderson ; introduction by Stanley Crouch, edited by Gary Groth]. 2005

323.092 K532 2005

Martin Luther King Jr. / Jean Darby.  2005

232.092 K53d 2006

The civil rights movement / Kevin Supples. 2003,

323.0973 S959c

Old English customs, extant at the present time; an account of local observances, festival customs, and ancient ceremonies yet surviving in Great Britain. London, Methuen [1896] /Ditchfield, P. H. (Peter Hampson). 1968

390.0942 D615o

Festivals of the world : the illustrated guide to celebrations, customs, events, and holidays / Elizabeth Breuilly, Joanne O’Brien, Martin Palmer ; consultant editor, Martin E. Marty. 2002

394.2 B846f 2002

Rosh Hashanah anthology./ Goodman, Philip.1970

394.2 G653r

Book of festivals. With a foreword by John H. Finley.

/Spicer, Dorothy Gladys. 1969

394.2 S755b

Folklore of world holidays / Margaret Read MacDonald, editor. 1992

394.26 F666

Anniversaries and holidays / by Ruth W. Gregory.1975

394.26 G823a 1975

Holidays, festivals, and celebrations of the world dictionary : detailing more than 2,000 observances from all 50 states and more than 100 nations / edited by Helene Henderson and Sue Ellen Thompson. 1997

394.26 H732 1997

Holiday symbols / Sue Ellen Thompson, editor. 1998

394.26 H732 1998

Book of festival holidays. With drawings by Miriam F. Fabbri.

/Ickis, Marguerite, 1964

394.26 I17b 1964

On this date– : a day-by-day listing of holidays, birthdays, and historic events and special days, weeks, and months / compiled by Sandy Whiteley. 2003

394.26 O58 2003

Latino holiday book : from Cinco de Mayo to Dia de los Muertos– the celebrations and traditions of Hispanic-Americans / Valerie Menard ; foreword by Cheech Marin. 2000

394.26089073 M535L 2000

American book of days; a compendium of information about holidays, festivals, notable anniversaries and Christian and Jewish holy days, with notes on other American anniversaries worthy of remembrance. Rev. by Helen Douglas Compton./Douglas, George William. 1948

394.269 D734a

American book of days / compiled and edited by Jane M. Hatch. 1978

394.269 H361a

Festivals of the Athenians / H. W. Parke.

394.2693 P237f

Stations of the sun : a history of the ritual year in Britain / Ronald Hutton.1997

394.26941 H985 1997

Fiestas in Mexico : complete guide to celebrations throughout the country / [photographs, Ruth D. Lechuga, Walter Reuter ; edition [sic] Federico Santiago E.].1978

394.26972 F468 1978

Fairs & festivals of the Pacific Northwest : a visual journey through the celebrations of Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia / text by Lewis Green ; with photography by Kay Green. /Green, Lewis.

394.6 G796f 1985

New clothes for New Year’s day / Hyun-Joo Bae. 2007

398.209519 B139n 2007

ESL teacher’s holiday activities kit / Elizabeth Claire ; illustrated by Daniel Shelton … [et al.].1990

428.0071 C585e 1990

Mapping time : the calendar and its history / E.G. Richards. 1999

529.3 R514m 1999

Time and the white tigress / Mary Barnard ; illustrated by Anita Bigelow.1986

811.52 B259t 1986

New year, by Pearl S. Buck. Pearl Sydenstricker).1970

813.52 B922n 1970


Maha Kumbh [videorecording] : a mythic confluence / Moving Picture Company production. 2002

294.5 M214 2002

Olatunji! Drums of passion [sound recording]./Olatunji, Babatunde. 1983

780.966 O42o

Elders panel : retrospection on Dr. King’s vision [videorecording] / filmed and produced by Highline Community College. 2009

323.4 K53e 2009

From Dr. King to President Obama [videorecording] : racial vision, racial blindness, and racial politics in Obamerica / Eduardo Bonilla-Silva ; filmed and produced by Highline Community College. Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. 2009

323.4 K53f 2009

20/20 : new visionaries panel [videorecording] / filmed and produced by Highline Community College. 2009

323.4 K53t 2009

Chinese New Year [videorecording] / Kwang Hwa Mass Communications ; producer, Kao Ching-Jen ; script writer, Don Gilleland ; director, Chang I-Chen. 1990

394.2683 C539

Ives [videorecording] : Holidays symphony / InCA Productions ; produced and directed by David Kennard and Joan Saffa. 2009

780.92 K26i 2009


On holiday [electronic resource] : a history of vacationing / Orvar Lèofgren. Lèofgren, Orvar. 1999, Electronic Book

Festive teacher [electronic resource] : multicultural activities for your curriculum / Steve Springer, Brandy Alexander, and Kimberly Persiani-Becker. Springer, Steve. 2008, Electronic Book

Philadelphia Mummers [electronic resource]: building community through play / Patricia Anne Masters. Masters, Patricia Anne, 2007, Electronic Book

Chase’s calendar of events 2009 [electronic resource] : the ultimate go-to guide for special days, weeks, and months. New York : McGraw-Hill Professional, 2009, Online – Electronic Book

We Are What We Celebrate : Understanding Holidays and Rituals ebrary Reader / Etzioni, Amitai Bloom, Jared , 2004

Teacher’s Calendar School Year 2006-2007 ebrary Reader
Chase’s Editors , 2006

Sundance to Sarajevo : Film Festivals and the World They Madeebrary Reader, / Turan, Kenneth , 2003

Festivals, Tourism and Social Change : Remaking Worlds ebrary Reader, / Picard, David Robinson, Mike , 2006

Carnival and Other Christian Festivals : Folk Theology and Folk Performance, ebrary Reader ,/Harris, Max , 2003

Festive State : Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism as Cultural Performanceebrary Reader /Guss, David M.: 2000.

Japanese American Celebration and Conflict : A History of Ethnic Identity and Festival, 1934-1990ebrary Reader /Kurashige, Lon , 2002

Web Sites“

New Year wishes are bound by any languages but, you always want to convey the Happy New Year to all           you  loved ones. Express the new beginning greetings by sending the Happy New Year in different languages to all your friends who stay in various parts of the world. Here is the list of New Year greetings in different languages for you to impress your friends who are residing outside the US.”

“At Holiday Insights, you will find fun, information, and lots more about every holiday you can imagine. We’ve got you covered on the big ones, the small ones, and all of them in between, whether you are looking up information, doing a school report, looking for Ecards or screensavers, clipart perhaps, or just having fun, surf on through and come back often.” provides some information about Tet, the Vietnamese New Year. shows us some celebrations in January, 2011 around the world.

The Internet Public Library displays some useful links to the holidays in January around the world.

The Internet Public library website presents “some Information about New Year‘s traditions. It includes a brief history of New Year‘s resolutions, information about the celebration of new years in ancient cultures, global good luck traditions, a list of common resolutions, and the lyrics…”

The Internet Public Library website provides the links to Chinese New Year, including some information of celebrations, the history of Chinese New Year, the Chinese solar/lunar calendar, the animals of the Chinese zodiac, and so on.

The Internet Public Library website has the collection of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday celebration. “ The King Center. Located in Atlanta’s Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, The King Center utilizes diverse communications media, including books, audio and video cassettes, film, television, CDs, DVDs and web pages, to reach out far beyond its physical boundaries to educate people all over the world about Dr. King’s life, work and his philosophy and methods of nonviolent conflict-reconciliation and social change.” The Seattle Times Archive on Martin Luther King, Jr.  “This Web site created by The Seattle Times in 1996, contains the story of a remarkable man, images of a tumultuous time, and perspectives of politicians, academics, students and the many, ordinary citizens whose lives he touched.” “ Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project, the King Research and Education Institute provides an institutional home for a broad range of activities illuminating the Nobel Peace laureate’s life and the movements he inspired. The Institute’s endowment supports programs that serve as an enduring link between Stanford’s research resources and King’s dream of global peace with social justice.” Washington DC Martin Luther King Jr National Memorial Official website for this Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial leads a “collaborative funding, design, and construction process in the creation of a memorial to honor his national and international contributions to world peace through non-violent social change”.


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