Pentecost is a major Christian observance in Dominica 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.
While not a particularly prominent holiday these days, nonetheless, Pentecost is of huge significance in the history of Christianity. In general, Whit Sunday is treated as a holy day and a religious occasion, or at least by the devout. On the other hand, Whit Monday is a day of recreation and of workers simply taking a much-needed break.