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.

Definitions of celebration
  1. noun
    a joyful occasion for special festivities to mark some happy event
    synonyms: jubilation
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    type of:
    affair, function, occasion, social function, social occasion
    a vaguely specified social event
  2. noun
    any joyous diversion
    synonyms: festivity
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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
  3. noun
    the public performance of a sacrament or solemn ceremony with all appropriate ritual
    “the celebration of marriage”
    synonyms: solemnisation, solemnization
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    type of:
    ritual
    the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies
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