Pentecost is a major Christian observance in Saint Lucia 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.
Whit Sunday is a day of religious services and commemoration of the beginnings of the Church on the Day of Pentecost almost two millennia ago. But there is much more to do on Saint Lucia on Pentecost Weekend than just attend a special mass or church service.
Many also take a scenic hike among the island’s volcanoes, waterfalls, and nature reserves. They admire its wooded, rocky peaks jutting out of the sea and soothe their tired bodies in its natural sulfuric springs and mineral baths.
Also, this is a great time to visit the impressively built, historic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, explore the market in the main square of Castries, the capital city, or appreciate the island’s abundance of bird life, including the namesake Saint Lucia Parrot.