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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Lesson 359. All right. The title of

  • today's lesson is the difference between observe and celebrate, especially when

  • we're talking about a holiday. Because sometimes I'll get students ask what's

  • the difference between observe and celebrate. All right. Now with this one that's

  • definitely some crossover, but it's definitely areas where we're probably

  • more likely to use observe and we're more likely to use celebrate in other

  • situations. So let's take a look at the note. Let's start. We are more likely to

  • say that we observe a holiday if it is in reference to accepting and performing

  • practices or rituals connected to a holiday, especially if it's in a more

  • serious or solemn manner. Those are the times where we're more likely to say

  • that we observe the holiday. We are more likely to say that one celebrates a

  • holiday by doing something that is enjoyable,

  • joyous, entertaining, etc. that is connected to a special event. Okay. Let's

  • continue. It is possible to use both for actions related to a particular holiday.

  • So really we mean to the same holiday. So let's give an example of this. For

  • example, it would be more suitable to say some Americans observe the Fourth of

  • July by hanging an American flag outside their house. Yeah. But I don't know would we

  • say celebrate? I don't know somebody might but we don't really celebrate. We don't jump

  • around with the flag. It's more like something that you just observe. It's a

  • practice that some do just to show you know that they love their country or

  • patriotism. So it's more like observing in this case. Well, let's continue. We

  • would be more likely to say we celebrate it. You know , celebrate the Fourth of July

  • by having a barbecue or watching the fireworks. These are typical things that

  • people do and this is more fun. This is a more enjoyable. So you're more likely to

  • hear the word celebrate in this sort of situation. Okay. Good.

  • In regard to Valentine's this is another

  • example. I never hear people say that they observe the holiday. We usually

  • hear couples celebrate by giving gifts, having romantic dinners etc. Now to say

  • you observe a Valentine's Day seems like it takes all the romance out of the

  • holiday. I don't think women would like meant to say they're observing and it

  • feels like it's more like a duty. Then more like they're doing it out of love

  • or admiration for their partner. So we don't hear observe. We mostly hear

  • celebrate with a holiday like this. So it's more for fun or enjoyment really.

  • All right. Yeah. Let's look at another example here. We may say some Americans

  • observe Memorial Day by visiting a war memorial to honor fallen soldiers. This

  • is a more seriousness, more solemn holiday. To be honest most Americans

  • probably do neither. They probably neither observe nor

  • celebrate this holiday. You know in regard to the event. In regard to the

  • occasion most people probably just think of it as a day off. They may celebrate

  • another way but it really has nothing to do with the holiday. Stores like to

  • celebrate by having sales on that day. So they can make more money. They'll choose

  • any holiday to do that. So but again. So this is a more serious. In a more solemn

  • one. So more likely to say observe. You know they if they went to a war memorial.

  • In Asia there's there's another holiday called Tomb Sweeping Day. This is

  • another serious and you know , I'm a more serious really holiday that we're not

  • likely to say celebrate. This is where a lot of Asians may go to the grave site

  • of their ancestors and clean it off. So they may observe the holiday by doing

  • this. By bringing some food or by cleaning their gravesite and something

  • like this. That's why it's called Tomb Sweeping Day. So in that sort of

  • situation you'd probably be more likely to say observe as opposed to celebrate.

  • Because celebrate just feels out of place for that day. Okay. All right. So I mean

  • again this can be true with with many different

  • holidays. You know, certain actions, you might say celebrate other actions you

  • may say observe. Observe definitely sounds more formal. There's another thing

  • to note though. I sometimes hear people say we will celebrate this holiday in

  • what like having a Christmas Mass. And if you say that now on the surface it seems

  • kind of serious. But not really they celebrated because they're celebrating

  • their religion. They're celebrating their belief in God. So in that sense they

  • might still say celebrate as opposed to observe. Okay. Anyway, I hope you got a

  • better feel of when we might use one instead of the other. Anyway , I hope it's

  • clear. I hope you enjoyed it. Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.

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