Serendipitous Celebrations


implies, from its Latin origins, conscious action by a group in which a person or event is publicly honoured by action

In English the word ‘celebrate’ originally referred to the central rite of the Christian Church – called ‘The Eucharist’, ‘The Mass’ or ‘Holy Communion’.

Its meaning has moved beyond  its religious context whilst maintaining the essence of the Latin original. A ‘celeb’ (common usage in present English) or ‘celebrity’ is one who is ‘honoured’ by being famous & celebrations always have a specific focus & purpose (an historic event remembered, a birthday party, a community event)

Celebrate “assemble to honour,” also “to publish; sing praises of; practice often,” originally “to frequent in great numbers,” from celeber “frequented, populous, crowded;”



a word created in 1754 by the English writer Horace Walpole. He said it described heroes in a story who “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”

“While you can’t search for serendipity directly, you can help give it a little push in the right direction. Sometimes all we need is seeing how it all clicked and came together for someone else to help foster our own sense of serendipity.”


Serendipitous Celebrations:

Groups across Europe are working with communities to create, develop and enhance activities, bringing people together in positive & effective communities. Work centres on creating celebrations, festivals, commemorations, carnivals & general communal merriment.

The action comprises conception, planning & delivery of celebratory events, aimed at building, with participants, strengthened  & positive relationships ‘in community’ at both local and European level.

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Each partner is responsible for the local actions they create and for engaging in the partnership meetings.

The project coordinator is the UK partner.

This web site contains pages on which each partner is able to present themselves & their local activities.

A further page contains reports of the partnership meetings.


Disclaimer: This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This web site reflects the views only of the Celebrations Partnership, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information therein.