This book examines the dining and entertaining practices of cultures all over the world.From the earliest times, humans have enjoyed dining and entertainment with family and friends, from sharing a simple meal, to an extravagant feast for a special celebration. In this two-volume set, entries tell the history of wedding and religious customs, holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, and modern day get-togethers such as street parties. With a worldwide focus, entries on Dim Sum and the La Quinceanera Party, Deepavali and Junteenth, cover many cultures. In addition, entries on Ancient Rome, Medieval entertaining, and others give an inside view as to what entertaining was like during those times. Whether a student of history or world language class, or an adult planning a theme party, there is something in this set for everyone.The entries include: Ancient Greece; Ancient Rome; Barn Raising; Book Clubs; Brazil; Brunch; Buffet; Cake and Candles; Celtic Feasting; Champagne; Children's Birthdays; Civil War Entertaining; Colonial America; Dessert; Finger bowls; Funeral Food; Italy; Kwanzaa; La Quinceanera; Mardi Gras; Medieval Entertaining; Parisian Cafes; Party Favours; Potluck; Progressive Dinner Parties; Renaissance Entertaining; Soul Food; Martha Stewart; Tapas; Tea Ceremonies; Toasts; World War II Entertaining, and more.