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I'm trying to figure out what to add to this article. Here are some ideas.
- History - how festivals have changed over time and how they've remained the same
- Function/significance -
- Types - i'm not sure how we should do this section. it'd have to be somewhat general, b/c there are too many individual types
- state the relation to religion and seasonal change as they play a large role in ancient festivals (in history section)?
- Seasonal- lunar, solar included too, harvest
- Religious- Some might over lap wiht seasonal, like Easter
- Fun, holidays- Some overlap also. Mardi Gras is supposed to be a Christian celebration before lent, but now is mostly for fun.
- Halloween may also fall into the category in which it's purpose has changed over time.
I have the feeling most festivals used to be religious or have a connection to a solar or lunar calender (some religions have a connect to lunar or solar events), but in more modern times festivals have come up to just have fun or to share ideas. This is a very uneducated guess. --Banana04131 21:31, 4 March 2006 (UTC)
I couldn't follow this sentence:
Festivals, of many types, serve to meet specific cock faces needs and penis heads, as well as to provide entertainment. [emphasis added] 04:13, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
New definition needed
At present the definition reads: "A festival is an event, usually and ordinarily staged by a local community, which centers on and celebrates some unique aspect of that community." This is the same definition as in Wikitionary, but is narrower than is used for most of the rest of the article. There is a broader definition at http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/festival but I do not know the proper way of putting this in the article.FrankSier (talk) 23:56, 6 July 2010 (UTC)
Could someone edit out the American line about "For a list of festivals in the USA, please see List of festivals in the United States." There is a 'list of' section below and English wikipedia is not American wikipedia. Tnx. --Zangvill (talk) 13:44, 4 March 2011 (UTC)