Definitions for pageantˈpædʒ ənt
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an elaborate representation of scenes from history etc; usually involves a parade with rich costumes
a rich and spectacular ceremony
An elaborate public display, especially a parade in historical or traditional costume.
A spectacular ceremony.
A beauty pageant.
Origin: From pagina.
a theatrical exhibition; a spectacle
an elaborate exhibition devised for the entertainmeut of a distinguished personage, or of the public; a show, spectacle, or display
of the nature of a pageant; spectacular
to exhibit in show; to represent; to mimic
Origin: [OE. pagent, pagen, originally, a movable scaffold or stage, hence, what was exhibited on it, fr. LL. pagina, akin to pangere to fasten; cf. L. pagina page, leaf, slab, compaginare to join together, compages a joining together, structure. See Pact, Page of a book.]
A medieval pageant is a form of procession traditionally associated with both secular and religious rituals, often with a narrative structure. Pageantry was an important aspect of medieval European seasonal festivals, in particular around the celebration of Corpus Christi, which began after the thirteenth century. This festival reenacted the entire history of the world, in processional performance, from Bible's Genesis to the Apocalypse, employing hundreds of performers and mobile scenic elements. Plays were performed on mobile stages, called waggons, that traveled through towns so plays could be watched consecutively. Each waggon was sponsored by a guild who wrote, designed, and acted in the plays. Other pageants in the Christian world have centered on Saints' festivals, Carnival, and Easter, while vernacular agrarian festivals have celebrated seasonal events such as the harvest, and the Summer and Winter solstices. Drawing on this medieval tradition contemporary artists such as Bread and Puppet Theater, the Welfare State, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Spiral Q, and Superior Concept Monsters have used pageants as a potent community-based performance form.
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