The Anniversary Compulsion: Canada's Centennial Celebrations: A Model Mega-Anniversary

April 8, 2021
The Anniversary Compulsion: Canada's Centennial Celebrations: A Model Mega-Anniversary

Whether it is birthdays, wedding anniversaries, Thanksgivingdinners or New Year's celebrations, we humans demonstrate apeculiar compulsion to celebrate the continuing cycle of therecurrent calendar dates that mark our lives.Public events of the same type evoke an even more pronouncedresponse. The Anniversary Compulsion focuses onCanada's Centennial celebrations in 1967 as an example of how aclassic mega-anniversary can be successfully organized andstaged.With wit and wisdom, Peter Aykroyd describes how many of the keyelements of Centennial year will undoubtedly be present in thestaging of what is bound to be an unprecedented worldwidecelebratory outburst - the advent of the 21st century, the ThirdMillennium.