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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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movable feast

 
1. Lit. a religious holiday that is on a different date from year to year. Easter is the best known movable feast.
2. Fig. a meal that is served in motion or with different portions of the meal served at different locations. (Jocular or a complete misunderstanding of {1} but in wide use.) We enjoyed a real movable feast on the train from Washington to Maimi.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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At Turnberry Isle Resort & Club, located in an exclusive enclave north of Miami, culinary adventurers are invited to a movable feast that treats them to four nights of extravagant dining at four of Miami's hottest dining spots including wines, gratuities, and taxes.
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Easter was the most important feast of the Christian Church and its place in the calendar determined the position of the rest of the church's movable feasts.
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In pushing the spatial envelope to extremes, the architect may not have created the most restful of houses - the machinery and spatially movable feasts are entertaining but somewhat disconcerting.
Oldenburg's "Store," for example, was an 80-by-10-foot storefront room with a rotating stock, so its movable feasts were meant to be site-specific - more needful of their certain context than is much of the later, colossal, aggressively site-unspecific public sculpture.