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From Proto-Finnic *juhla (compare dialectal Estonian juhlad), borrowed from Proto-Germanic *jehwlą.


  • IPA(key): /ˈjuhlɑ/, [ˈjuxlɑ]
  • Rhymes: -uhlɑ
  • Syllabification: juh‧la



  1. (often in plural) party, celebration (social gathering of usually invited guests for entertainment, fun and socializing)
    Pidän suuret juhlat 21-vuotispäivänäni.
    I'm throwing a huge party for my 21st birthday.
  2. (often in plural) feast (very large meal, often of ceremonial nature)
    Pidimme juhlat sadonkorjuun kunniaksi.
    We had a feast to celebrate the harvest.
  3. feast (religious anniversary)
    • 1933, Bible, Exodus 13:6:
      [--] seitsemäntenä päivänä olkoon Herran juhla.
      [--] he seventh day shall be a feast to the Lord.
    • 1938, Bible, Luke 2:41:
      Ja hänen vanhempansa matkustivat joka vuosi Jerusalemiin pääsiäisjuhlille.
      Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover..
  4. celebration (act, process of showing appreciation, gratitude and/or remembrance, notably as a social event)
  5. (in the plural) festival, fest (event or community gathering which centers on some theme)
    Savonlinnan oopperajuhlatthe Savonlinna opera festival
  6. ceremony, occasion, function
  7. fiesta
  8. jubilee
  9. carnival
  10. (chiefly in fixed expressions) holiday

Usage notes[edit]

  • The word can be used in either the plural or singular, but there is a difference in nuance. The singular form juhla is often used when the party is considered bigger, more public, more official or formal, or taking place at a more spacious venue. On the other hand, the plural form juhlat has a nuance that the party is private or taking place at a smaller venue.
    Rehtori kiitti juhlassa koko koulua menneestä vuodesta. (singular)
    The principal thanked the whole school for the past year at the ceremony.
    Minun juhlissani oli 30 vierasta. (plural)
    I had 30 guests at my party.


Inflection of juhla (Kotus type 10/koira, no gradation)
nominative juhla juhlat
genitive juhlan juhlien
partitive juhlaa juhlia
illative juhlaan juhliin
singular plural
nominative juhla juhlat
accusative nom. juhla juhlat
gen. juhlan
genitive juhlan juhlien
partitive juhlaa juhlia
inessive juhlassa juhlissa
elative juhlasta juhlista
illative juhlaan juhliin
adessive juhlalla juhlilla
ablative juhlalta juhlilta
allative juhlalle juhlille
essive juhlana juhlina
translative juhlaksi juhliksi
instructive juhlin
abessive juhlatta juhlitta
comitative juhlineen
Possessive forms of juhla (type koira)
possessor singular plural
1st person juhlani juhlamme
2nd person juhlasi juhlanne
3rd person juhlansa


Derived terms[edit]