Borrowing Pages From the Oktoberfest Playbook

Borrowing Pages From the Oktoberfest Playbook

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Borrowing Pages From the Oktoberfest Playbook

“What you need, my son Is a holiday in Cambodia Where people dress in black.” Those lyrics from the song “Holiday in Cambodia” by the punk rock band Dead Kennedys illustrate how counterintuitive any public holiday display may appear. Without knowing the context, all-black attire may seem odd. Yet, bereft of awareness as to the genesis and evolution of many group celebrations, people mechanically participate. Take, for example, Oktoberfest. For years, I would mindlessly join…

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