The Christian holy day of Pentecost is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter
According to the Christian Bible, it was while the apostles were praying together that the Holy Spirit descended on them. They each received the ability to speak in other languages – and immediately began to preach about Jesus Christ to Jewish people from all over the world who flocked to Jerusalem for the Feast of Shavuot or Festival of Weeks as it is called in English. (See our article on this festival here)
Many Christians recognize Pentecost as the birth of the Christian Church.
Pentecost is a joyful exuberant festival. Many churches have special Pentecost services often in venues such as parks or other community spaces – such as that happening in Cleethorpes Pier Gardens.
The symbols of Pentecost are those of the Holy Spirit and include flames, fire, wind, and a dove – and in the Celtic tradition, a wild goose.
In the UK, it used to be known as “White Sunday” or “Whitsunday“. Traditionally, the next day “Whit Monday”, was also a public holiday – but this has now been fixed by statute on the last Monday in May. The ‘Whit weekend’ was a time for church and chapel parades called ‘Whit walks’ – many of which still take place, especially in northern England.