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A World in Celebration (Series)

Eight individual documentaries that look into the myths, rituals and reasons behind our planet's days of celebration.

TYPE

Series

GENRE

Documentary

KEY CAST

RELEASE DATE

1998

DURATION

480 mins

FULL SYNOPSIS

Around the world, in one form or another, everyone participates in popular celebrations. In shared rituals of celebration we see the modern reflection of a common history. Ringing in the New Year, singing Olde Lange Syne, carving the turkey, dressing up in frightening costumes and kissing under the mistletoe are all well-known parts of many different celebrations. But even as we partake in these rituals do we know why? This series takes us on a fascinating journey, which explores the origins of our most treasured festivals. We trace lines back through ancient Egypt, Stonehenge and Mayan ruins to uncover the mysteries behind these familiar celebrations. The next time the ball drops in Times Square, or a child says "Trick or treat," you'll know why.