When is Pentecost Sunday?
How long until Pentecost Sunday?
|This holiday next takes place in 143 Days.|
Dates of Whit Monday
Who observes Whit Monday?
|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 earliest day that Pentecost Sunday can fall is 10 May (as in 1818) and the latest possible date is 13 June (next in 2038).
It marks the end of the Easter cycle, that began 90 days ago with Ash Wednesday at the start of Lent.
Why is it called Pentecost Sunday?
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 were in Jerusalem for the feast of Shavuot (Pentecost).
Many Christians recognise the Descent of the Holy Spirit as the birth of the Church.
In the United Kingdom, Pentecost is known as Whitsunday. The name "Whitsunday" is generally attributed to the white garments formerly worn by the candidates for baptism on this feast.