a movable feast

movable feast

An event or occurrence that does not happen on a predictable schedule. Since Easter does not fall on the same calendar date each year, it's often called a movable feast.
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a movable feast

If an event is a movable feast, it can happen at different times or in different places. Held about 29 May, the festival was a movable feast. Working parents wish to spend time with their children after they get home, so bedtime has become a movable feast. Note: This expression originally referred to religious holidays that are always celebrated at about the same time of year, but not always on exactly the same day.
See also: feast, movable

a movable feast

an event which takes place at no regular time.
In a religious context a movable feast is a feast day (especially Easter Day and the other Christian holy days whose dates are related to it) which does not occur on the same calendar date each year.
See also: feast, movable
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The term "heartlands" seems to be a movable feast and can be defined as anywhere that Plaid can jump on a local bandwagon.
In the early church 2,000 years ago Easter was linked to the Jewish festival of Passover, itself a movable feast.
Who doesn't enjoy a movable feast or old-fashioned picnic?
Many of you will have wondered why Easter should be a movable feast (rather like my supper, which depends upon the mood and whim of the Dragon Lady).
THE date of Passover is variable as it is dependent on the phases of the moon, and thus Easter is also a movable feast.
As 501(c)3 charitable institutions, think tanks are not bound by hospitality restrictions, and so can offer public servants a movable feast of fancy policy-seminar lunches and all-expense-paid fact-finding trips to foreign countries.
His eighty-fifth birthday last May was a movable feast, celebrated in New York City, San Francisco.