Celebrations in Things Fall Apart and Master Harold and The

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A celebration is any public performance of a sacrament or solemn ceremony with all appropriate ritual. All celebrations have significance whether it is spiritual or physical. Africa is rich and diverse in culture and has many traditions. A celebration is an observing of a joyful or sometimes mournful occasion for special festivities to mark an event rejoicing life and the human spirit. Beliefs and practices are expressed as they bring communities together celebrating a people's reality. A celebration is an art that commemorates and gives tangible form to the unknown, feelings and ideas. Different celebrations serve as experiences differently than our own. Things fall Apart and Master Harold and the boys portray this meaning of celebrations. Celebrations serve as a representation of the optimistic and hopeful individual spirit of humans in the real world. "Things fall apart represents life as lived in Igboland before the arrival of the Europeans  (Muoneke 45). Within the customs and celebrations in Igbo society, "the spiritual reign of the Igbo would die in an internecine struggle for power through domination and violence  (116). In Things fall Apart, celebrations such as Week of Peace, wedding ceremonies, burials, and sports such as wrestling throughout the novel examine the Igbo culture in depth. Celebrations in Things fall Apart and Master Harold and the Boys is a major theme characterizing representation of affection to their culture, commemorating life and hope for a better world without collisions.

Athol Harold Fugard has spent nearly half a century dedicating his art to fighting the apartheid and its aftermath in his native South Africa. In Fugard's Master Harold and the boys, the dance is a symbol of inner harmony, social peace and a world without violence or belligerence. The annual Eastern Province Open Ballroom Dancing Championships is a symbol of an ideal world. The art of dancing can be seen as a metaphor

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