Festival vs Observance - What's the difference?

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Festival is a related term of observance.

As nouns the difference between festival and observance

is that festival is while observance is the practice of complying with a law, custom, command or rule.



(en adjective)
  • Pertaining to a feast or feast-day. (Now only as the noun used attributively.)
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , II.iii:
  • the temple of the Gods [...] / Whom all the people decke with girlands greene, / And honour in their festiuall resort [...].


    (en 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.
  • In mythology, a set of celebrations in the honour of a god.
  • observance

    Alternative forms

    * observaunce (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • The practice of complying with a law, custom, command or rule
  • The custom of celebrating a holiday or similar occasion
  • Observation or the act of watching
  • (religion) A rule governing a religious order, especially in the Roman Catholic church