One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1festivities‘food plays an important part in the festivities’
celebration, festival, festive event, festive occasion, entertainment, party, jamboree
merrymaking, feasting, revelry, carousal, carousing, jollification
revels, fun and games, frolics, celebrations, festive proceedings
informal bash, shindig, shindy
British informal rave-up, thrash, knees-up, jolly, beanfeast, bunfight, beano
2‘the festivity of the Last Night of the Proms’
jollity, jolliness, merriment, gaiety, cheerfulness, cheeriness, cheer, joyfulness, euphoria, jubilance, conviviality, gleefulness, glee, high spirits, jocularity, revelry
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