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fiesta

Translation of fiesta in English:

sustantivo femenino

Cultural Note: fiestas

A fiesta in Spain can be a day of neighborhood celebrations, a larger event for a town or city, or a national holiday, to commemorate a saint's day or some historical event. For example, Madrid has the fiestas de San Isidro, in honor of its patron saint. Other famous Spanish holidays include the Fallas in Valencia, the Sanfermines in Pamplona, and the Feria de Sevilla. They can last for a week or more, during which everyday life is often interrupted. Classes in schools may stop and banks, stores, and post offices alter their opening hours. There are often bullfights and dancing to live bands and people eat and drink plentifully.

Cultural Note: fiestas patrias

In Latin America, a period of one or more days on which each country celebrates its independence. There are usually military parades, firework displays, and folk activities typical of the country.
Example sentences
  • Verdaderamente una muy buena opción para estas fiestas navideñas.
  • La tradicional fiesta transcurrió entre canciones, emociones, risas y regalos.
  • Una ocasión vestida de fiesta para el encuentro de la creatividad capitalina.

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