Definition of fiesta in English:



  • 1(in Spanish-speaking countries) a religious festival.

    ‘the yearly fiesta of San Juan’
    • ‘The story of the fiesta is surrounded by religion, legend and the fiery Basque spirit.’
    • ‘Traditional dances are performed at festivals and fiestas, and children study this aspect of their heritage in after-school programs.’
    • ‘‘Whether it be at their fiestas or in their street food, people in Mexico are really passionate about food,’ he insists.’
    • ‘The remaining cash is further divided among communities, purchasing public works, sports facilities, community fiestas and religious services.’
    • ‘The town was celebrating their fiesta so when they arrived, there were a lot of people in the streets.’
    • ‘The dances are performed at fiestas in honor of the local saint.’
    • ‘The Catholic religion is taught in public schools throughout the country, and fiestas corresponding to Church holidays are among the most important social events of the year, even in larger cities.’
    • ‘Musical performance at modern fiestas in the Andes not only contains layer upon layer of meaning, but it provides a ritualized space in which the historical encounters that produced such meaning are performed again.’
    • ‘By using field trips and classroom visitors from the ethnic community, you can expose children to various cultural dances, fiestas, parades, and other events.’
    • ‘Although there were no bulls, tomatoes or flying goats, the event was a bit of fun nonetheless and probably more typical of the average Spanish fiesta.’
    • ‘Every community (rural or urban) has its own patron saint who is honored with processions and fiestas every year.’
    • ‘Rural villages have a patron saint who is honored each year with a fiesta.’
    • ‘The principal form of entertainment in the Andes is the regular festivals or fiestas that exist to mark the agricultural or religious calendar.’
    • ‘We need not wait to experience the glory of a grand fiesta together.’
    • ‘Each province has at least one local festival of its own, usually on the feast of its patron saint, so that there is always a fiesta going on somewhere in the country.’
    • ‘The saint's day is celebrated by a fiesta that includes a religious ceremony.’
    • ‘Information about Spanish fiestas is covered and a search facility is provided.’
    • ‘Between August 1 and 6, San Salvador holds a fiesta (major celebration) commemorating the Transfiguration of Christ.’
    • ‘Colombians participate enthusiastically in the many secular and religious fiestas around the country.’
    • ‘In the sierra, and especially in villages, Ecuadoran Catholic practice centers around fiestas honoring the various saints' days of the Christian year.’
    1. 1.1An event marked by festivities or celebration.
      [in names] ‘the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta’
      • ‘Last year more than 1.3 million spectators watched the event, providing a crackling atmosphere as impromptu roadside fiestas spring up alongside the special stages.’
      • ‘Celebrating its first anniversary, it organized a three-day dance fiesta for its members.’
      • ‘Inevitably, a fiesta was called for that night, to celebrate their victory and lay old Fredrico to rest.’
      • ‘It is celebrated with fiestas, parades, and fireworks.’
      • ‘The pictures that are up there now are a combination of an impromptu dinner party and my New Year's celebration fiesta.’
      • ‘This event is an all-out lactic acid fiesta, and it is common for some competitors to require medical aid at the end of their run.’
      • ‘The first event of the fiesta: a Saturday morning flight, was cancelled due to strong winds.’
      • ‘Life-passage parties and fiestas provide teenagers their main opportunity to chat and joke.’
      • ‘Over the next six months, two tango orchestras will visit Waterford and it's hoped by then to run a fiesta in conjunction with these events, building up to a Gala Ball at Christmas.’
      • ‘There will be celebrations, fiestas and carnivals-a-plenty at this concert, led by Trans-Global tourist guide Alisdair Malloy.’
      • ‘The sprint through the streets starts off the festivities, but the fiesta really gets rolling at midnight.’
      • ‘In contrast to the silver jubilee celebrations in 1977, when the crowds were big and street parties abundant, this year's fiesta seemed doomed, a victim of the declining interest in the royal family and their soap opera lifestyle.’
      • ‘‘Ours is a very hard life, there are no fiestas, no holidays and the catches are decreasing year after year,’ she says.’
      • ‘His supporters may attempt to bestow even more Machiavellian qualities on their leader by claiming he deliberately scheduled the party's fiesta to swamp a possible referendum defeat, but the reality was different.’
      • ‘Indeed a potential fundraising opportunity, which might at least have bought a planeload of anti-Aids drugs, has become an exhibition of high-tech media co-ordination and a celebrity fiesta.’
      • ‘Much socializing goes on in clubs or bars, or at fiestas or other community celebrations.’
      festival, carnival, holiday, celebration, party
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Spanish, from Latin festum, (plural) festa (see feast).