Definition of festa in English:



  • (in Italy and other Mediterranean countries) a religious or other festival.

    • ‘‘When the festa was first taken over by the chamber of commerce, a resolution was passed that allowed a 30 per cent commission for Paul for organising and managing the sponsorships,’ Mr Cordaro said.’
    • ‘On the occasion of the village festa, some families roast a goat (cabrito).’
    • ‘The festa is the most important day in each village, where the church is the focal point of the event.’
    • ‘Festivals, also known as sagras or festas, kick off in the middle of July and run until August 15, though there are occasional wild boar or fungi festivals in the autumn.’
    • ‘Speaking of which I have just come from the Norton Street festa.’
    • ‘At Catanzaro, Gissing went to the Church of the Immaculata, at which ‘there was a great crowd, as to-day is the festa of the Immaculata’.’
    • ‘This does seem peculiar because Lucy spends chunks of the books at the various village festas dancing mazurkas badly when sufficiently fortified by local wine.’
    • ‘The year is filled with important religious events, and all localities are identified with patron saints who are celebrated, somewhat competitively, with fireworks and festa pageantry, including processions.’
    • ‘The festa is on next Sunday so all you Maltesers must go and we can all meet up!’
    • ‘Each monthly section reveals the Italian reverence for the intermediary power of the saints, since many of the festas Barolini highlights are related to the specific feast days of various saints.’
    • ‘Here they re-created their cultural patterns and social networks, including banks established by padrones (labor contractors), mutual-aid societies providing sickness and death benefits, and the festa of the town's patron saint.’
    • ‘The proliferation of narrowly based mutual aid societies and festas (feste, or feast days) honoring local patron saints were manifestations of these tendencies.’
    • ‘In rural areas, villagers honor their patron saint during the annual festa.’


Early 19th century: from Italian, festival, from Latin.