Saturday, 26 May 2012
Religion, Whit Sunday
This Sunday and Monday we celebrate Whit Sunday and Whit Monday( or Whitsuntide)
It's the birth of the Christian Church for anybody who believes in Jesus Christ.
Whit weekend is usually the first holiday weekend of the year with any hope of decent weather, and a fine Whit Monday, which is now called " Late Spring Bank Holiday!" in England,will see families flocking to the coast or countryside.
THE ORIGINS OF THE FESTIVAL
Pentecost or Whitsun is observed on the seventh Sunday after Easter. The word Pentecost has its roots in the Greek "pentekoste" meaning the fiftieth day after Easter. Whit Sunday commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit in the form of flames to the Apostles, as recorded in the New Testament. The recent adoption of a Late Spring Bank Holiday on the last Monday in May is an attempt to deal with the fact that Whitsuntide is a moveable feast dependent on the date of Easter. Although it is no longer necessarily at the church's Whitsuntide, the general public still refers to this holiday as "Whit Monday." This is an old post, but I thought I could use it again. Happy Whitsunday!