celebration

A celebration is a joyful diversion. Your math class might have a celebration when you learn that the midterm has been postponed for a week.

A celebration can be a festive party commemorating some joyous occasion, like your grandparents' fiftieth anniversary celebration or your brother's birthday celebration. It can also be a less formal marking of a happy event, like the arrival of your new puppy. Another meaning of celebration is a religious ceremony, such as communion or a bar mitzvah.

Primary Meanings of celebration

1.
n
a joyful occasion for special festivities to mark some happy event
2.
n
the public performance of a sacrament or solemn ceremony with all appropriate ritual
Full Definitions of celebration
1

n a joyful occasion for special festivities to mark some happy event

Synonyms:
jubilation
Type of:
affair, function, occasion, social function, social occasion
a vaguely specified social event

n any joyous diversion

Synonyms:
festivity
Types:
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agon
a festivity in ancient Greece at which competitors contended for prizes
conviviality, jollification, merrymaking
a boisterous celebration; a merry festivity
feria
(in Spanish speaking regions) a local festival or fair, usually in honor of some patron saint
festival, fete
an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place)
blowout, gala, gala affair, jamboree
a gay festivity
Ludi Saeculares, secular games
the centennial rites and games of ancient Rome that marked the commencement of a new generation (100 years representing the longest life in a generation); observances may have begun as early as the 5th century BC and lasted well into the Christian era
victory celebration
a celebration following a victory in a battle or sports competition
high jinks, high jinx, hijinks, jinks
noisy and mischievous merrymaking
revel, revelry
unrestrained merrymaking
carnival
a festival marked by merrymaking and processions
Bacchanalia, Dionysia
an orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus (= Bacchus)
Isthmian Games
the ancient Panhellenic games held biennially on the Isthmus of Corinth in the first and third years of each Olympiad
Nemean Games
the ancient Panhellenic games held biennially at Nemea in the second and fourth years of each Olympiad
Olympian Games, Olympic Games
the ancient Panhellenic celebration at Olympia in honor of Zeus; held every 4 years beginning in 776 BC
Pythian Games
the ancient Panhellenic celebration at Delphi held every four years in the third year of the Olympiad in honor of Apollo
eisteddfod
any of several annual Welsh festivals involving artistic competitions (especially in singing)
film festival
a cinematic festival that features films (usually films produced during the past year)
jazz festival
a festival that features performances by jazz artists
Kwanza, Kwanzaa
a festival featuring African-American culture; celebrated between Christmas and New Year
Oktoberfest
an autumn festival that involves merrymaking and drinking beer
Saturnalia
an orgiastic festival in ancient Rome in honor of Saturn
sheepshearing
a festival held at the time sheep are normally sheared
Type of:
diversion, recreation
an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates
2

n the public performance of a sacrament or solemn ceremony with all appropriate ritual

“the celebration of marriage”
Synonyms:
solemnisation, solemnization
Type of:
ritual
the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies

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