The Big Book of Festivals
Marita Bullock & Joan-Maree Hargreaves
56pp., hbk., RRP $A29.99
One of the most effective ways to promote and support inclusivity in our schools is to acknowledge and celebrate the festivals that are important in the lives of our students. Having various groups develop a display and gather a collection of books about their country and their beliefs to share with their peers really says to them that they are important and valued within the school community.
In this new publication as well as the usual celebrations like Christmas, Diwali Eid Ul-Fitr and the lunar New Year, there are lesser known ones such as Anastenaria, Matarki the Whirling Dervishes festival of Turkey and the Bunya Dreaming festival of our indigenous people. There are also festivals associated with each of the seasons, so the library could be the most vibrant place all year round.
Each celebration has its own double-page spread with easily accessible information and illustrations offering opportunities to become involved in crazy celebrations and holy holidays, from graveside picnics to epic dance-offs, tomato-throwing frenzies, crying-baby competitions and the biggest bathing ritual on the planet.
This is an important book to add to the collection so that those who celebrate the various festivities can read about themselves while opening a world beyond the usual for others.