Whit Monday

Whit Monday Quick Facts

AKA NameWhitsun, Pentecost Monday
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2023 Date29 May 2023
2024 Date20 May 2024
Whit Monday (Pentecost Monday)

Whit Monday History

Pentecost is a Christian festival that celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit. 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 very important to this day. As a part of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), the Holy Spirit is an important entity used by Christians as a way to interpret God.

Pentecost takes place on the Sunday 50 days after Easter. It is not widely celebrated as a religious day, but it is observed as a secular public holiday. This means workers in many industries have the day off.

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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. Apostles were reportedly 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 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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