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A banquet is a large public open-air meal or feast, complete with main courses and desserts. It usually serves a purpose, such as a charitable gathering, a ceremony, or a celebration, often preceded or followed by speeches in honor of someone.

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History of the banquet

Banquets have been used as a formal occasion for thousands of years. Kings during medieval times frequently threw banquets for special events, such as birthdays or holidays. Some banquets are used to signing a treaty or agreement of some sort.

Sports banquets

On occasion, sports associations will throw a banquet as an attempt to enhance team chemistry or to relax the players and/or coaches. Sometimes banquets are given as awards at the end of the season.

Business banquets

Business banquets are a popular way to strengthen bonds between businessmen and their partners.

Conference banquets

It is common that a banquet is organized at the end of an academic conference.

Luau

A luau is one variety of banquet originally used in Hawaii.

Banquet tax

The Nei Mongol provincial government in China levies a tax on banquets.




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