Whit Monday

Whit Monday Quick Facts - GB

AKA NameWhitsun, Pentecost Monday
Related Hashtags#Pentecost
2020 Date1 June 2020
2021 Date24 May 2021
Whit Monday (Pentecost Monday)

Whit Monday History

Pentecost is a Christian festival that celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit. The day used to be known as Whitsun, a Christian holiday. The festival is generally full of good spirits. Ministers will wear red robes as a symbol of the flames in which the Holy Spirit came to Earth. Symbolism is important on the day. The Holy Spirit is the third part of the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) which Christians use as a way to interpret God.

The holiday takes place on the Sunday 50 days after Easter. Today, Pentecost is not widely celebrated as a religious day, instead a secular public holiday gives workers in many industries the day off. This year Pentecost falls on 15 May.

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Whit Monday Facts & Quotes

  • The name Pentecost comes from the Greek pentekoste meaning fiftieth.
  • Ministers and Priests wear red to symbolise the fire which brought the Holy Spirit to earth. Other symbols include the wind- the breath of God- and a dove- bringing peace.
  • Pentecost is regarded as the birthday of the Christian church.
  • Pentecost comes from a Jewish harvest festival called Shavuot, the apostles were celebrating this festival when the Holy Spirit descended on them.
  • Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.― Augustine of Hippo, Confessions

Whit Monday Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit a church for a Pentecost service. During this time the church has a series of fasts and rituals including speaking in tongues.
  • Take a trip to the park! Pentecost falls 50 days after Easter, spring will definitely have arrived and summer is almost here.
  • Watch a documentary or film with religious undertones. There are plenty of films that examine religion, especially the Christian church. Pentecost (2011) is an Irish short film that was nominated for the Best Short Film at the 2012 Oscars.
  • Read a book on the history of religion in Europe in order to further understand the meaning of Pentecost. Our favourites:
    1) The Reformation by Diarmaid MacCulloch
    2) Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe by Simon Winder
    3) History of the Peloponnesian War Thucydides

Whit Monday References and Related Sites

www.bbc.co.uk: Pentecost

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