Pentecost is a major Christian observance in Martinique 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.
The holiday is based on the passage in Acts in the Bible where the Risen and Ascended Christ send the Holy Spirit to Earth to build His Church till He comes again. It used to be a major holiday in the Christian world, but today, is usually little celebrated.
Pentecost Monday offers islanders a great chance to explore their own beautiful homeland, and is a popular time for tourists to fill up the many resorts.