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Ceremony vs. Festival

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Main Difference

The main difference between Ceremony and Festival is that the Ceremony is a event of ritual significance, performed on a special occasion and Festival is a organised series of acts and performances

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  • Ceremony (noun)

    A ritual, with religious or cultural significance.

  • Ceremony (noun)

    An official gathering to celebrate, commemorate, or otherwise mark some event.

    "a graduation ceremony, an opening ceremony"

  • Ceremony (noun)

    A formal socially established behaviour, often in relation to people of different ranks; formality.

  • Ceremony (noun)

    Show of magnificence, display, ostentation.

  • Ceremony (noun)

    An accessory or object associated with a ritual.

  • Ceremony (noun)

    An omen or portent.

  • Festival (adjective)

    Pertaining to a feast or feast-day. (Now only as the noun used attributively.)

  • Festival (noun)

    An event or community gathering, usually staged by a local community, which centers on some theme, sometimes on some unique aspect of the community.

  • Festival (noun)

    In mythology, a set of celebrations in the honour of a god.

  • Festival (noun)

    fried cornbread

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Ceremony (noun)

    Ar act or series of acts, often of a symbolical character, prescribed by law, custom, or authority, in the conduct of important matters, as in the performance of religious duties, the transaction of affairs of state, and the celebration of notable events; as, the ceremony of crowning a sovereign; the ceremonies observed in consecrating a church; marriage and baptismal ceremonies.

  • Ceremony (noun)

    Behavior regulated by strict etiquette; a formal method of performing acts of civility; forms of civility prescribed by custom or authority.

  • Ceremony (noun)

    A ceremonial symbols; an emblem, as a crown, scepter, garland, etc.

  • Ceremony (noun)

    A sign or prodigy; a portent.

  • Festival (adjective)

    Pertaining to a fest; festive; festal; appropriate to a festival; joyous; mirthful.

Webster Dictionary
  • Ceremony (noun)

    a formal event performed on a special occasion;

    "a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"

  • Ceremony (noun)

    any activity that is performed in an especially solemn elaborate or formal way;

    "the ceremony of smelling the cork and tasting the wine"

    "he makes a ceremony of addressing his golf ball"

    "he disposed of it without ceremony"

  • Ceremony (noun)

    the proper or conventional behavior on some solemn occasion;

    "an inaugural ceremony"

  • Festival (noun)

    a day or period of time set aside for feasting and celebration

  • Festival (noun)

    an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place);

    "a drama festival"

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