Pentecost is a major Christian observance in Saint Kitts and Nevis 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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|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 has a long history and deep Biblical and Jewish roots. It was originally the Feast of Weeks, a harvest festival that came fifty days after Passover. The name “Pentecost” means “the fiftieth day” and was ascribed to this holiday for obvious reasons.
According to the Bible, ten days after Christ ascended into Heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit upon His disciples who were gathered and waiting in Jerusalem. This occurred on the Day of Pentecost, which then became the “Birthday of the Church”.
Today in Saint Kitts and Nevis, Whit Monday creates a three-day weekend. People often attend church on the Sunday of this weekend, and they may have family gatherings and feasts on Sunday or Monday. Many take the chance to go on mini-vacations or spend time at the beach since the holiday weekend falls in the early days of summer.
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|2019||10 Jun||Mon||Whit Monday|
|2018||21 May||Mon||Whit Monday|
|2017||5 Jun||Mon||Whit Monday|