Definition of saint's day in US English:

saint's day

noun

  • A day on which a saint is particularly commemorated in the Christian Church.

    • ‘In The Old Wives' Tale the obsolete devotional aspect of the wakes, in which lights were carried to the church and a vigil kept through the eve of the saint's day, holds no interest for Bennett or his characters.’
    • ‘In 2005 the saint's day, April 23rd, falls on a Saturday, and will be marked with associated events and displays in the Abbey grounds throughout the afternoon.’
    • ‘In European tradition children received various practical gifts, like rice-pudding and sago, on the saint's day.’
    • ‘Since most Hondurans are named for a saint, they celebrate their saint's day as well as, or in place of, their own birthday.’
    • ‘A range of events are being organised to mark England's patron saint's day including a church service and a banquet at Prittlewell Priory.’
    • ‘On the saint's day, the president of the Mari El Republic visited the sacred grove and partook of the food offered by the kart.’
    • ‘Mr Rowen has signed a House of Commons motion along with 33 other MPs calling for England to fall in line with other countries and declare its patron saint's day a holiday.’
    • ‘The saint's day is celebrated by a fiesta that includes a religious ceremony.’
    • ‘I want to start a campaign to revive the celebration of another saint's day: 22nd August is St Ralph's Day.’
    • ‘Every community has a saint's day, and the major seasonal holidays are occasions for family and community feasting.’
    • ‘Vincent is named for the saint's day on which Christopher Columbus first sighted the island on January 22, 1498.’
    • ‘Maybe it is time to mark our patron saint's day with a holiday, but maybe it is also time to rethink our national holidays completely.’
    • ‘It's a shame that we don't have pageants and parades for our patron saint's day as they do in other countries.’
    • ‘There are four periods of fasting and saint's days in honor of the three hundred Orthodox saints.’
    • ‘Other saint's days coincide with seasonal celebrations of pagan origins and incorporate pre-Christian customs into a Christian framework.’
    • ‘Through fiestas each locale celebrates its patron saint's day, with lively bands, dancing, drinking, fireworks and, often, a carnival-like atmosphere.’
    • ‘Most children have the name of a saint as part of their name, so many celebrate their saint's day as well as their actual birthday.’
    • ‘Monday, March 17th is St Patrick's Day, when the Irish enthusiastically celebrate their patron saint's day with pints of plain, joined by other fun-loving folk.’
    • ‘I think that each kingdom within the United Kingdom should celebrate their own saint's day.’
    • ‘Howard Scaife has unveiled ambitious plans to hold a weekend of celebrations of everything English beginning on Saturday, April 19, four days before the official patron saint's day.’
    public holiday, bank holiday, festival, festival day, feast day, gala day, carnival day, fete, fiesta, festivity, celebration, anniversary, jubilee
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