Pentecost is a major Christian observance in Benin 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.
Whit Monday is the end of a 90-day cycle on the Christian calendar. It is observed by Catholics and some Protestants. The cycle begins with the 40-day fast of Lent, continues with Holy Week, and then ends with Pentecost 50 days after Easter Sunday. Pentecost also comes 10 days after Ascension Day, which is also a public holiday in Benin.
Most Christians in Benin will attend special church services for Whit Sunday and then have a relaxing day off work on Whit Monday. Some may get out to the beaches or shops, and others may get out for a walk to get some fresh air or just stay home.
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