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Pentecost (Whit Sunday)

Pentecost, also known as Whitsunday, commemorates the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the disciples of Jesus Christ, as described in the New Testament of the Bible. 

This is a traditional day for

 

baptisms to take place.  People also enjoy family gatherings, picnics, or outings to the country.

In Poland Pentecost is also known as "the Green Holiday", because people decorate their houses with green branches for blessings on the home and its inhabitants.

Pentecost is about seven weeks after Easter Sunday, or 50 days after Easter, including Easter Day.

On this day the apostles were praying together and the Holy Spirit descended on them. They received the "gift of tongues" – the ability to speak in other languages.  This enabled them to preach about Jesus to Jewish people from all over the world who visited Jerusalem for the Feast of Shavuot.

Whitsunday also marks pagan spring rites, including the English custom of Morris dancing and the drinking of "Whitsun ale".

Last modified on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 07:34

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