Pentecost is a major Christian observance in Sint Maarten that takes place on the fiftieth day of Easter — 49 days after Easter Sunday. It is also known as Whit Sunday.
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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 comes from the white clothes traditionally worn by those being baptised on this popular day for baptisms.
There is not an overabundance of traditions and events for Pentecost as compared to, say, Easter or Christmas. But people in Sint Maarten do often go to special Pentecost church services and have a family meal and get together at home. As Pentecost comes near the first days of summer, it is also popular to go swimming at Maho Beach or other beaches of Sint Maarten on this day.
Many tourists arrive for the three-day Pentecost Weekend, while locals also take time off work. The island is abuzz for a few days, and everyone wants to get outside to enjoy the warm weather during this short break.
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|2019||9 Jun||Sun||Whit Sunday|
|2018||20 May||Sun||Whit Sunday|
|2017||4 Jun||Sun||Whit Sunday|