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    Smile take part in Christmas celebrations/festivities

    Winter is also a good time to visit Finland. That's when you can go skiing or take part in Christmas celebrations/festivities around the country.


    Are celebrations and festivities in the above interchangeable and identical in meaning? Thanks.

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    Default Re: take part in Christmas celebrations/festivities

    A one-word answer to your question would have to be "yes."
    But I think festivity is more likely to occur in writing.

    Celebration sounds okay to me when you're talking about a holiday. Otherwise it generally refers to an accomplishment:

    We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary.
    The people took to the streets to celebrate when the home team won the championship.
    We had a celebration at the office when Susie was promoted.

    I hope you'll be celebrating the new year in style!
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    Winter is also a good time to visit Finland. That's when you can go skiing or take part in Christmas celebrations/festivities around the country.


    Are celebrations and festivities in the above interchangeable and identical in meaning? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baqarah131 View Post
    A one-word answer to your question would have to be "yes."
    But I think festivity is more likely to occur in writing.

    Celebration sounds okay to me when you're talking about a holiday. Otherwise it generally refers to an accomplishment:

    We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary.
    The people took to the streets to celebrate when the home team won the championship.
    We had a celebration at the office when Susie was promoted.

    I hope you'll be celebrating the new year in style!
    edward
    Thanks, Edward.
    Got it except the bolded part. Why do you think festivity is more likely to occur in writing?

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    Default Re: take part in Christmas celebrations/festivities

    It's not a word that would come up in conversation very often. We'd say celebration, or, if it's on a smaller scale, party.
    Festivity is used in the plural, usually for organized public events. I think you'll notice it occasionally in writing, but you might never hear it. Here, as so often, there's no obvious reason why we like one word more than another.

    Cheers
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    Thanks, Edward.
    Got it except the bolded part. Why do you think festivity is more likely to occur in writing?

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    Default Re: take part in Christmas celebrations/festivities

    Thanks, Edward, for the clear reply.
    Got it.

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