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Festivities are the experiences or expressions of celebratory feeling, merriment, gaiety, often through a festival or similar celebration.


  • As much valour is to be found in feasting as in fighting, and some of our city captains and carpet knights will make this good, and prove it.
    • Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), Part I, Section II. Memb. 2. Subsect. 2.
  • Let us have wine and woman, mirth and laughter,
    Sermons and soda-water the day after.
  • There was a sound of revelry by night,
    And Belgium's capital had gather'd then
    Her Beauty and her Chivalry, and bright
    The lamps shone o'er fair women and brave men.
  • This night I hold an old accustom'd feast,
    Whereto I have invited many a guest,
    Such as I love; and you among the store,
    One more, most welcome, makes my number more.
  • We keep the day. With festal cheer,
    With books and music, surely we
    Will drink to him, whate'er he be,
    And sing the songs he loved to hear.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 270-71.
  • On such an occasion as this,
    All time and nonsense scorning,
    Nothing shall come amiss,
    And we won't go home till morning.
  • Why should we break up
    Our snug and pleasant party?
    Time was made for slaves,
    But never for us so hearty.
  • The music, and the banquet, and the wine—
    The garlands, the rose odors, and the flowers,
    The sparkling eyes, and flashing ornaments—
    The white arms and the raven hair—the braids,
    And bracelets; swan-like bosoms, and the necklace,
    An India in itself, yet dazzling not.
    • Lord Byron, Marino Faliero, Act IV, scene 1, line 51.
  • Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry.
    • Ecclesiastes, VIII. 15. See also Luke, XII. 19.
  • Neque pauciores tribus, neque plures novem.
    • Not fewer than three nor more than nine.
    • Quoted by Erasmus, Fam. Coll. The number for a dinner, according to a proverb.
  • The service was of great array,
    That they were served with that day.
    Thus they ate, and made them glad,
    With such service as they had—
    When they had dined, as I you say,
    Lordis and ladies yede to play;
    Some to tables and some to chess,
    With other games more and less.
    • The Life of Ipomydon, Harleian Library (British Museum). Manuscript No. 2,252.
  • Non ampliter, sed munditer convivium; plus sails quam sumptus.
    • A feast not profuse but elegant; more of salt [refinement] than of expense.
    • Quoted by Montaigne, Essays, Book III, Chapter IX. From an ancient poet, cited by Nonnius Marcellus, XI. 19. Also from Cornelius Nepos, Life of Atticus, Chapter XIII.
  • Oh, leave the gay and festive scenes,
    The halls of dazzling light.

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