Pentecost is a major Christian observance in Grenada 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.
Grenada is about 90 percent Christian, with about half of that Catholic and half Protestant. And most of these denominations give Pentecost Sunday a special place in their services.
Some locals and tourists may drive through the hilly countryside and view the nutmeg farms that give Grenada its nickname, “Spice Island”. Others enjoy nature in rain forest surrounding Grand Etang Lake. Still others tour the amazing, historic architecture of Saint George’s or spend the time care free at Grand Anse Beach.