The kanji and the word are exactly the same. That means they share meanings as well.
While at a festival, a guy named Matt has to go to the bathroom. Matt’s urine (まつり) has been filling up his bladder ever since he began drinking that 64oz cup of soda. Matt’s urine is ready to bust out at any moment. He really has to go to the bathroom.
This word can also be written 祭り, and the pronunciation stays the same.
I like the candy apples they sell from food stands at festivals.
At the last Sunday's festival, me and my boyfriend held hands for the first time.
Many Japanese festivals have connections to Buddhism or Shintoism.