Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

On the IELTS Speaking Exam, you could be asked to talk about festivals or celebrations.

This topic might also be found in a Writing prompt, in connection with traditions and culture.

So, today, you’ll learn high-scoring words and phrases to describe this joyous IELTS topic!


8+ Vocabulary for Festivals

Firstly, remember that you must be specific and detailed about the festival, such as what kind of festival it is.

Kinds of festivals:

Carnival– mobile event featuring amusement park rides and games

Parade– event in which people, usually in costume, walking or riding down a street in front of a crowd


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Performerssuch as musicians, acrobats

Traditional garbtraditional clothing/costumes

Descriptive words:

Boisterous– loud and lively

En masse– people in large numbers; a large crowd that moves to one location


Legendary– something epic you will never forget

Specific nouns:

Delicacies– special, unique food

Chant– a song with little or no music, with short phrases people repeat together

Refreshments– drinks

Vendors– people who sell things

Practice using this vocabulary to describe a national festival in your country and also a memorable celebration you’ve attended.

Can you use today’s vocabulary to describe a local festival?

Share your answer in the comments section below!

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