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Marial Iglesias Utset

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833988

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877845_iglesias_utset

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Policies Governing Celebrations

Policies Governing Celebrations

Catholic, North American, and Patriotic Fiestas

(p.29) Two Policies Governing Celebrations
A Cultural History of Cuba during the U.S. Occupation, 1898–1902

Marial Iglesias Utset

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on almanacs, or calendars as they were also called, that marked the rhythms of social life by specifying all of the festivals, holidays, and special occasions of the civil and religious year. They were consulted by travelers, merchants, ranchers, planters, and others for their abundance of useful information about commerce, agriculture, politics, mining, geography, and other topics. On a less obvious level, however, these quaint little books, with their mixture of predictions to be borne out and precepts to be followed on the basis of accepted, long-established practice, articulated and reconciled representations of the past and ideological constructs regarding the future. By listing natural phenomena, religious festivals, and civic occasions in the same chronological sequence, the almanacs “placed” events in historical time and made recently created political commemorations seem as ineluctable as changes in the phases of the moon, the approach of an eclipse, or the recurring celebration of a popular religious festival.

Keywords:   almanacs, social life, predictions, precepts, ideological constructs, future

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