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Fifty days after Easter
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May 16, Various: Whit Monday
Whitsuntide, also known as Pentecost, is observed fifty days (approx. seven weeks) after Easter and 10 days after Ascension. It marks the end of the Easter cycle, that began 90 days ago with Ash Wednesday at the start of Lent.
It gets its English name for following „Whitsun”, the day that became one of the three baptismal seasons. The name „Whitsunday” is now generally attributed to the white garments formerly worn by the candidates for baptism on this feast.
The day commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit in the form of flames to the Apostles, as recorded in the New Testament in Acts, 2.
The Holy Spirit allowed the apostles to speak in other languages, and they started preaching the word of Jesus to the Jews who come to Jerusalem for the feast of Shavuot (Pentecost). Many Christians recognize this event as the birth of the Church.
The following day, Whitmonday (Pentecost Monday) is celebrated as a holiday in many European counties.
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