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observance
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The Scarlet Letter

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Definition conformity with law or custom or practice

or:

taking part in a ritual — such as celebrating a holiday
  • It was the place whence proclamations were wont to be made, amidst an assemblage of the magistracy, with all the ceremonial that attended such public observances in those days.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (43% in)
  • Nor would it have been impracticable, in the observance of majestic ceremonies, to combine mirthful recreation with solemnity, and give, as it were, a grotesque and brilliant embroidery to the great robe of state, which a nation, at such festivals, puts on.
    Chapter 21 -- The New England Holiday (47% in)

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