Pentecost is a major Christian observance in Antigua and Barbuda that takes place on the fiftieth day of Easter – 49 days after Easter Sunday. It is also known as Whit Sunday, and is celebrated with a Whit Monday public holiday each year.
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Pentecost is the final celebration of the seven-week Easter period. According to Christian belief, Pentecost commemorates the day that the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and disciples of Jesus, giving them the ability to speak in different languages to share the good news about Jesus.
The name “Whit” Sunday and Monday comes from the white clothes traditionally worn by those being baptised on this popular day for baptisms.
In Antigua and Barbuda, some 80 percent of the population ascribes to one form or another of Christian belief, and many of these denominations celebrate Whit Sunday with special planned church meetings and events. The biggest church group in the country, the Anglican Church, is no exception.
Sometimes, people forget about Pentecost because all the attention goes to Christmas, when Jesus was born, to Good Friday, when He died on the cross, and to Easter, when He arose from the grave. But Pentecost is also a historically and theologically important day on the Christian Calendar.
On the Monday after Pentecost, it’s common to either spend time relaxing at home with family and friends or to get out and enjoy the spring weather.