Pentecost is a major Christian observance in Central African Republic 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.
Most people get Pentecost Monday off from work, creating a three-day weekend. Attending special church services on Sunday is traditional, and many may dress in white for the occasion.
How the rest of the weekend off is spent will vary greatly. In general, this is a time to rest and contemplate the meaning of the events of the first Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus’ first disciples some 2,000 years ago.
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