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Did you know that Groundhog Day stems from a Marian devotion? Or that the common pretzel was once a Lenten reward for the pious? Over the centuries, many popular customs have arisen from or been related to practices in the Christian church. Foley shines a spotlight on this little-known heritage. 224 pages, softcover. Palgrave Macmillan.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 224 Vendor: Saint Martin's Press Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.3 X 5.5 (inches) ISBN: 1403969671 ISBN-13: 9781403969675 Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.
Did you know that the origins of Groundhog Day stem from a Catholic tradition? Or that the common pretzel was once a Lenten reward for the pious? Why Do Catholics Eat Fish on Friday is a fascinating guide to the roots of all-things-Catholic. This smart and concise guide will introduce readers to the hidden heritage in many commonplace things that make up contemporary life. The reader-friendly format and the illuminating entries will make this guide a perfect gift for Catholics and anyone who loves a bit of historic trivia. Table of Contents - Foreword * Time * Manners & Dining Etiquette * Food * Drink * Music & Theater * Sports & Games * Holidays & Festivities * Flowers & Plants * Insects, Animals, & More * American Places * International, National, & State Symbols * Clothes & Other Sundry Inventions * Education & Superstition * Art & Science * Law & Architecture * Epilogue: Words, Words, Words--Catholic, Anti-Catholic, and Post-Catholic
Michael P. Foley is the author of Wedding Rites: The Complete Guide to Traditional Weddings. He is a professor at Baylor University.