Holy Holidays! by Greg Tobin
The Catholic Origins of Celebration

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How did Sunday become the “Sabbath Day?” Why did St. Valentine become the patron saint of lovebirds? Most people happily participate in Mardi Gras, Halloween, and St. Patrick’s Day with very little knowledge of the origins and meanings of those celebrations. Greg Tobin unearths the religious roots of the seemingly secular, offering historical trivia and the sometimes bizarre origins of the days throughout the year that bring people together.

In these pages, readers will discover that:
• Jesus was not born on Christmas Day.
• The Easter Bunny is a deeply pagan tradition that simply could 
      not be suppressed by the Church. Same with Easter eggs.
• Mother’s Day falls in early May, the month dedicated to Mary,
   the Mother of Christ and the Catholic symbol of motherhood.
• Saint Patrick is not only the patron saint of Ireland but also

and much more!


About Greg Tobin

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Greg Tobin is vice president at Seton Hall University, one of the oldest and largest Catholic universities in the United States. He is the author of The Wisdom of St. Patrick, Saints and Sinners, Holy Father (a biography of Pope Benedict XVI), and Was Jesus Really Born on Christmas? The Catholic Origins of Holy Days, Holidays and Every Day and co-general editor of Religion in America. He has been featured widely in national and international media, including The New York Times, CBS, MSNBC, Fox News, and countless radio stations. He lives in West Orange, New Jersey with his wife and sons.
Published March 1, 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 257 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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