Pentecost is a major Christian observance in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 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.
Many residents of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are Christian, but they hail from numerous denominations. These include Anglican, Pentecostal, Baptist, Methodist, Roman Catholic, and more. Most groups observe the coming of Pentecost during their service on the seventh Sunday after Easter, though they all may observe it a bit differently.
But Whit Monday is also important on the secular calendar. It’s a welcome day off work and part of a long weekend. It presents an opportunity to spend time at the beach, at home with family and friends, or exploring nature at local nature reserves.
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