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CELEBRATION, contracts. This word is usually applied, in law, to the celebration of marriage, which is the solemn act by which a man and woman take each other for husband and wife, conformably to the rules prescribed by law. Diet. de Juris. h.t.

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Thus Haarlem was thrice given over to rejoicing, for a three-fold celebration was to take place.
The noble and free citizens of Epidaphne being, as they declare, well satisfied of the faith, valor, wisdom, and divinity of their king, and having, moreover, been eye-witnesses of his late superhuman agility, do think it no more than their duty to invest his brows (in addition to the poetic crown) with the wreath of victory in the footrace -- a wreath which it is evident he must obtain at the celebration of the next Olympiad, and which, therefore, they now give him in advance.
From this joyful mountaintop of celebration we hear a call to service in the valley.
We observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom.
Christmas came and except for the ceremonial Mass, the solemn and wearisome Christmas congratulations from neighbors and servants, and the new dresses everyone put on, there were no special festivities, though the calm frost of twenty degrees Reaumur, the dazzling sunshine by day, and the starlight of the winter nights seemed to call for some special celebration of the season.
For the first time in months Lord Greystoke felt that he might indulge in a holiday, and so a great hunt was organized that the faithful laborers might feast in celebration of the completion of their work.
I hope your Princess Ozma won't invite him to her birthday celebration," remarked the shaggy man; "for the fellow's music would drive her guests all crazy.
This year's celebration includes a chicken wing-eating contest; a frolic grand prix in which pairs of contestants will run, think and bicycle their way through a course; a return of the bed race that was a highlight of some earlier celebrations; the usual smorgasbord of food, drink and music; a pet parade; an eight-category mustache and beard competition (why didn't someone think of this before ); and of course, the grand Eugene Celebration Parade.
ROHR, Ian National and World Celebrations ISBN 9781420274011 SCIS 1458428; Traditional Celebrations ISBN 9781420274042 SCIS 1458427 Macmillan Young Library (Celebrations), 2010 32pp $22.
By James Gatdet Dak December 19, 2009 (JUBA) -- The 5th annual celebrations for the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended 21 years of North-South war, has been postponed from its traditional day of 9th January to 19th January 2010.
Long before the May 2007 celebrations get under way to mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Va.
Many pride celebrations are defined more by drag queens and go-go boys than by families with children.