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celebrate (one) for (something)

To honor and acclaim one for a remarkable action or achievement. We still celebrate Sir Alexander Fleming today for his discovery of penicillin.
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celebrate someone for an accomplishment

to honor someone for having done something. The people celebrated the astronaut for a successful journey. She was celebrated widely for her discovery.
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Maybe, too, we should consider celebrating local heroes from our own regions as well as national heroes.
We are celebrating 2557th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha.
Chinese-born Jack Chen isn't even celebrating New Year's Day until month's end.
It was then for the first time that I truly appreciated another Indian tradition--the one in which a bereaved family forgoes celebrating any festivals for an entire year after the person's death.
There was virtually no agreement in the nation over what events were worthy of celebrating.
HOUSTON -- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is celebrating the season of love in the Bayou City.
According to Gallup survey carried out by Gilani Foundation recently 64 percent are in favour of celebrating such occasions.
9 (ANI): Amidst rising political tensions with India, most of Pakistan's top leaders are celebrating Eid-ul- Azha abroad.
For several of the area's top tennis players, especially the veterans on the United States Tennis Association junior circuit, when it comes to celebrating holidays, family dinners often take a backseat to plane flights and car rides.
But in the city, with other Masses being celebrated a few blocks away, a "worship service" would appear to further undermine both the Eucharist and the priestly task of celebrating that Eucharist.
For starters, maybe we should better distinguish our preparing from our celebrating.
Mayor Villaraigosa is honored to be celebrating El Grito this year,'' said Diana Rubio, a spokeswoman in the Mayor's Office.
We can celebrate for weeks at a time, not to mention celebrating the 900th anniversary of Saint So-and-So.
Whoever gets the slice of rosca cake with the doll has to throw a party on February 2nd, for Candlemas or Dia de la Candelaria, which is another Latin American tradition celebrating the Nativity scene.
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