Pentecost is a major Christian observance in Saint Barthélemy 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.
|2022||6 Jun||Mon||Whit Monday|
|2023||29 May||Mon||Whit Monday|
|2024||20 May||Mon||Whit Monday|
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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.
Pentecost is at the tail-end of the Easter season which runs from Lent to Holy Week to Pentecost. Many in Saint Barthélemy attend mass or other church services on Pentecost. The sermon will focus on the meaning of Christ sending the Holy Spirit in Acts Chapter Two and on the founding of the Church.
Some devout Catholics may go on short pilgrimages to local shrines. Everyone spends some time with family, and most get outside in the fresh air. Montserrat’s beaches will be busy on Pentecost Weekend, and tourists will arrive on cruise liners.
|2021||24 May||Mon||Whit Monday|
|2020||1 Jun||Mon||Whit Monday|
|2019||10 Jun||Mon||Whit Monday|
|2018||21 May||Mon||Whit Monday|
|2017||5 Jun||Mon||Whit Monday|