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noun [C]     /ˈfes.tɪ.vəl/
B1 a special day or period, usually in memory of a religious event, with its own social activities, food, or ceremonies: a Jewish/Christian/Hindu festivalReligious festivalsCelebrations, parties and special occasions B1 an organized set of special events, such as musical performances: a folk/pop/rock festival The Brighton Festival is held every year around May time. the Cannes Film FestivalCelebrations, parties and special occasionsSpecific holidays and festivals
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