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March 3, 2021 Lifestyle News No Comments Email Email

From tomato-throwing parties to graveside picnics, fire-walking ceremonies, crying baby competitions and the biggest bathing festival on Earth – this book introduces you to some of the world’s most incredible cultural and religious celebrations.

Some festivals are outrageously fun and joyful, others are more serious. All of them bring people together to mark big events in life.

So join us in this riotous explosion of colour as we feast, sing, cry and celebrate the diversity of festivals and traditions this wonderful world of ours has to offer.

Festivals include: Lunar New Year, Day of the Dead, Kumbh Mela, Holi, Diwali, Gelede, Christmas, La Tomatina, Eid-ul-Fitr, Konaki Sumo, Carnaval, Hanukkah, Anastenaria, Festival of Giants, Matariki, Halloween, The Birthday of Guru Nanuk, Buddha’s Birthday, Bunya Cone Harvest Festival, Easter, Inti Raymi, Venetian Masquerade Ball, and more.

Marita Bullock has worked as an academic and secondary school teacher across the fields of Cultural Studies, Film, Art and Literature, most recently at the University of Sydney. She has published numerous articles on art and the visualisation of ‘difference’, and her academic book – Memory Fragments: Visualising Difference in Australian History – investigates the relationship between object fragments and cultural memory in Australian art, museums and culture (Intellect Ltd.)

Joan-Maree Hargreaves is inspired by the bravery and optimism of children. She is driven by a desire to tell stories about ‘real’ life in a visually captivating and unexpected way. She has a special interest in social justice and representations of diversity. Joan-Maree has worked in publishing and magazines for more than a decade and has edited a number of Australian and international children’s titles including National Geographic Kids (Australia and New Zealand), K-Zone (Australia) and Kraze Club (United Kingdom and Germany). She has also written hundreds of articles for The Sydney Morning Herald, including specialised educational supplements for children.

Liz Rowland is a British Illustrator with a particular interest in people and cultures. Since graduating from Falmouth University in 2011, Liz has worked with clients including VogueGourmet Traveller and Visit Britain. Liz’s work is hand rendered, using a combination of gouache and watercolour. She is inspired by colour and pattern. Through her work Liz explores our interactions both with each other and with our environment.

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