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Festivals are found in every known society, historical and contemporary. There are festivals for major religious commemorations and for relatively minor local ones. When many people hear the word festival, they immediately think of religious festivals. These festivals do play a major role in most religions and in the overall category of festivals. Certainly, religious festivals strengthen religious ties and beliefs while underscoring the importance of certain events and beliefs as well as seasons of the religious year. As is the case with all festivals, there are expected ritual activities and symbols associated with them. Some festivals celebrate joyous events, while others commemorate times of mourning and meditation. Moreover, all festivals serve to achieve major goals of human society. Among these goals is societal unity. ...

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