Festival vs Celebration
Festival and Celebration are two terms that are often confused to the closeness in their meanings. This is the reason why they are often interchangeable. There is of course some difference between the two terms.
Festival is a day of celebration or a period of celebration. A festival can be either religious or secular in purpose. Festival sometimes refers to a series of concerts, plays, etc., that are held every year or regularly in a town. Festivals are normally concentrated in concept.
Festivals are characterized by concentrated series of events or programs connected with food, drink and dress too. Food festivals, wine festivals, music festivals, dance festivals, drama festivals and garment festivals are some of the popular festivals that are held every year in some of the major cities and towns of the countries of Europe and the United States of America.
Celebration on the other hand consists in marking an event with festivities. Hence one of the major differences between festival and celebration is that there is the intention of marking an event with festivities in the case of celebration whereas such an intention is absent in the case of a festival. A festival on the other hand is the usual annual event of celebrations.
Celebrations are performed publicly and duly though they mark individual achievements and events. On the other hand festivals are always performed publicly since they are meant for the general public. Celebrations are not meant for general public. They are conducted as part of enjoying success or achievement. Festivals are not celebrated as part of enjoying success or achievement.
A soccer team that wins a major tournament gets into celebrations in a grand manner. On the contrary the team does not hold a festival to celebrate the event. This is the difference between festival and celebration.