Definition of movable feast in US English:

movable feast


  • A religious feast day that does not occur on the same calendar date each year. The term refers most often to Easter and other Christian holy days whose dates are related to it.

    • ‘The cleverness of this is that the Christian calendar's diet of moveable feasts keeps us guessing each year but we can't remember why.’
    • ‘Since Sham al-Nassim is a moveable feast, Egyptians sometimes celebrate it on Easter Sunday so that everyone can participate.’
    • ‘Easter is a moveable feast, the date of which is determined by the phases of the moon.’
    • ‘Today is Ash Wednesday, the first of day of Lent, and 46 days before Easter, the original movable feast.’
    • ‘The Church has labels that it attaches to each of Sundays closest to the full moons in a year, because all the moveable feasts are phased against Easter.’
    • ‘The Muslim new year, Al-Hirja, is a moveable feast as it is related to the lunar cycle.’
    • ‘Crucial to the success of the proposals, the commission says, is its call for the terms to be fixed regardless of Easter, a moveable feast.’
    • ‘That is, the Moon defines the dates of all moveable feasts in the liturgical year, reckoned from Easter, which is based on the full moon after the spring, or vernal, equinox.’


movable feast

/ˈmuvəbəl fist/