Origin of festivity
Examples from the Web for festivities
Some will be avoiding New Year festivities entirely—and very sensible folk they are too.The Refuseniks Hiding From ‘Happy New Year’
December 31, 2014
But with the outbreak of hostilities in mid-2011, all festivities were thrust into the deep freeze.In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive
December 25, 2014
Unfortunately, despite the extravagance of the parades, Putin was not there to witness the festivities.Ramzan Kadyrov: The Man Between Putin and ISIS
October 8, 2014
She returned this year, headlined the festivities, before heading to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Oklahoma City.New York Fashion Week's Teen Sensation: Isabella Rose Taylor, 13, Stages A Sartorial Revolution
September 6, 2014
Spread out among nine tents, more than 20,000 pounds of lobster are served throughout the five-day festivities.America’s Best Summer Food Festivals
July 5, 2014
The philosopher was too deeply impressed to return to the festivities of Olympia.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The dancing gets faster, and the festivities are kept up late.
We sat out the first part of the festivities, which were to conclude with theatricals.
The vast blue sky, gladdened by the Sunday festivities, rejoiced.Doctor Pascal
Picture and sculpture are the celebrations and festivities of form.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- merriment characteristic of a festival, party, etc
- any festival or other celebration
- (plural) festive proceedings; celebrations
Word Origin and History for festivities
late 14c., from Old French festivité, from Latin festivitatem (nominative festivitas) "good fellowship, generosity," from festivus "festive," from festum "festival or holiday," neuter of festus "of a feast" (see feast). Related: Festivities.