noun, plural festivities.
a festive celebration or occasion.
festivities, festive events or activities: the festivities of Christmas.
festive character or quality; gaiety; merriment.

1350–1400; Middle English festivite (< Old French) < Latin fēstīvitās. See festive, -ity

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festivity (fɛsˈtɪvɪtɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  merriment characteristic of a festival, party, etc
2.  any festival or other celebration
3.  (plural) festive proceedings; celebrations

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. festivité, from L. festivitatem (nom. festivitas), from festivus "festive," from festum "festival or holiday," neut. of festus "of a feast." Related: Festivities.
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Example sentences
Behind us, the house had become a thumping shadowbox of festivity.
Today, it is mostly pageantry, with a lingering touch of popular festivity.
The retiree appears to be dressed for some kind of festivity, and has confused
  that festivity with the writer.
The literary expression of his autumnal festivity is to be found in the
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