Every culture likes to party. Traditional celebrations, whether the Hindu Holi Festival or the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival, have traveled beyond their origins to become international phenomena. Whether seasonal or religious, such holidays represent the human need for authentic experience, direct encounter, and a sense of time or the spiritual. This volume leads readers back to the roots of these annual events and festivals, exploring their history, meanings, and evolutions. With vibrant photographs as well as practical information on each featured event, it's a captivating journey of cultural exploration and joie de vivre. Text in English and German.