Pentecost is a major Christian observance in Guadeloupe 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.
Churches observe Pentecost Sunday as a special day to honour the Holy Spirit. They use the colour white and symbols like a flame, dove, or wind and centre the service on remembering the gift of the Spirit that came to the Apostles and other believers long ago in Jerusalem. In some cases, it’s a tradition that trumpets are blown in the service to announce the Spirit’s coming.
Sometime on Pentecost Weekend, families often get out to swim along Guadeloupe’s long stretches of beach, visit Guadeloupe National Park with its volcano and picturesque waterfalls, or tour the island’s sugarcane fields, chocolate and coffee plantations, or rum distilleries. It is also a time of eating a special meal and relaxing with family and friends.