Word of the Day: Festivity

fes-tiv-i-ty / fĕ-stĭv-ĭ-tē
noun (plural festivities)
1. a merry and fun celebration or occasion
A resolute and wise refusal to take part in festivities will be an incentive for introspection and self-purification.
Mahatma Gandhi, 1869 – 1948
2. the joyous, happy characteristics of a celebratory event or festival; gaiety
The table is a meeting place, a gathering ground, the source of sustenance and nourishment, festivity, safety, and satisfaction. 
Laurie Colwin, 1944 – 1992
3. festivities, the happenings at a celebratory event or festival
The dance is the center of wedding festivities.
Curt Sachs, 1881 – 1959