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Carnival vs. Fete — What's the Difference?

Carnival vs. Fete — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Carnival and Fete

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Carnival

Carnival is a Western Christian festive season that occurs before the liturgical season of Lent. The main events typically occur during February or early March, during the period historically known as Shrovetide (or Pre-Lent).

Fete

A public function, typically held outdoors and organized to raise funds for a charity, including entertainment and the sale of goods and refreshments
A church fete

Carnival

An annual festival, typically during the week before Lent in Roman Catholic countries, involving processions, music, dancing, and the use of masquerade
A carnival parade
Mardi Gras is the last day of carnival
The culmination of the week-long carnival

Fete

Honour or entertain (someone) lavishly
She was an instant celebrity, feted by the media

Carnival

A travelling funfair or circus
He worked at a carnival, climbing Ferris wheels and working 18-hour days
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Fete

A festival or feast.

Carnival

Often Carnival The period of merrymaking and feasting celebrated just before Lent.

Fete

An elaborate, often outdoor entertainment.

Carnival

A traveling amusement show usually including rides, games, and sideshows.

Fete

An elaborate party.

Carnival

A festival or revel
Winter carnival.

Fete

To celebrate or honor with a festival, a feast, or an elaborate entertainment.

Carnival

Any of a number of festivals held just before the beginning of Lent.
Carnival of Brazil
Venice Carnival

Fete

To pay honor to.

Carnival

A festive occasion marked by parades and sometimes special foods and other entertainment.

Fete

A festival open to the public, the proceeds from which are often given to charity.

Carnival

(US) A traveling amusement park, called a funfair in British English.
We all got to ride the merry-go-round when they brought their carnival to town.
When the carnival came to town, every one wanted some cotton candy.

Fete

A feast, celebration or carnival.

Carnival

A festival celebrated with merriment and revelry in Roman Gatholic countries during the week before Lent, esp. at Rome and Naples, during a few days (three to ten) before Lent, ending with Shrove Tuesday.
The carnival at Venice is everywhere talked of.

Fete

To celebrate (a person).

Carnival

Any merrymaking, feasting, or masquerading, especially when overstepping the bounds of decorum; a time of riotous excess.
He saw the lean dogs beneath the wallHold o'er the dead their carnival

Fete

A feat.

Carnival

A festival marked by merrymaking and processions

Fete

A festival.

Carnival

A frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a circus or carnival;
It was so funny it was a circus
The whole occasion had a carnival atmosphere

Fete

Feet.

Carnival

A traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.

Fete

To feast; to honor with a festival.

Fete

An elaborate party (often outdoors)

Fete

An organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place);
A drama festival

Fete

Have a celebration;
They were feting the patriarch of the family
After the exam, the students were celebrating

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