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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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In A Movable Feast, Kenneth E Kiple takes his readers on a journey through time and space to visit the wide range of plants and animals that have fed the human race and have themselves become transformed in the process.
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Special-needs children from County Durham's Movable Feast Arts Group were able to calm growing tensions between unions and Government ministers, performing a song before business started.
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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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. Because its timing depended on both the Moon's phases and the vernal equinox, ecclesiastical authorities had to seek some way of reconciling lunar and solar calendars.
The sea of green stretches for 34 weeks, give or take certain movable feasts. And it's a good time to find our way along the road of discipleship.
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.