|1.||a day or period set aside for celebration or feasting, esp one of religious significance|
|2.||any occasion for celebration, esp one which commemorates an anniversary or other significant event|
|3.||an organized series of special events and performances, usually in one place: a festival of drama|
|4.||archaic a time of revelry; merrymaking|
|5.||(modifier) relating to or characteristic of a festival|
|[C14: from Church Latin fēstivālis of a feast, from Latin festīvus|
day or period of time set aside to commemorate, ritually celebrate or reenact, or anticipate events or seasons-agricultural, religious, or sociocultural-that give meaning and cohesiveness to an individual and to the religious, political, or socioeconomic community. Because such days or periods generally originated in religious celebrations or ritual commemorations that usually included sacred community meals, they are called feasts or festivals.
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