• Latin: feria, holiday


Fairs owe their origin to religious festivals, on which the people assembled for purposes of devotion. Such occasions as the patronal feasts or the dedication of a Church were utilized for mercantile enterprise and were advantageous both to the merchants and the Church. Fairs were common in England, France, and Germany in medieval times and many modern market gatherings owe their origin to them.

MLA Citation

  • “fairs”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 September 2013. Web. 23 January 2019. <>