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A jubilee is a particular anniversary of an event, usually denoting the 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th, and the 70th anniversary. The term is often now used to denote the celebrations associated with the reign of a monarch after a milestone number of years have passed.

Religious usage

Main articles: Jubilee (biblical) and Jubilee (Christianity)

The Jubilee (Hebrew: יובל yovel) year (every 50th year) and the Sabbatical year (every seventh year) are Biblical commandments concerning ownership of land and slaves. The laws concerning the Sabbatical year are still observed by many religious Jews in the State of Israel, while the Jubilee has not been observed for many centuries. According to the Hebrew Bible, every seventh year, farmers in the land of Israel are commanded to let their land lie fallow, and slaves were freed. The celebration of the Jubilee is the fiftieth year, that is, the year after seven Sabbatical cycles.

In Roman Catholic tradition, a Jubilee is a year of remission of sins and also the punishment due to sin.[1]

Terms for anniversaries

See also: List of jubilees of British monarchs

These are also used as general terms in the modern world.

See also


  1. ^ "Francis announces new global jubilee, the Holy Year of Mercy". National Catholic Reporter. 13 March 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b "diamond jubilee in British English". HarperCollins. Collins English Dictionary. Retrieved 2023-04-18.
  3. ^ a b Wordsworth, Dot (2008-04-19). "Mind your language". The Spectator Archive. The Spectator (1828) Ltd. Archived from the original on 2023-04-18. Retrieved 2023-04-18.