Pentecost is a major Christian observance in Gabon 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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|2023||29 May||Mon||Whit Monday|
|2024||20 May||Mon||Whit Monday|
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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.
Many Roman Catholics in Gabon take part in the annual pilgrimage to Our Lady of Gabon on the Day of Pentecost. The statue of Mary was erected on Melen Hill in Libreville in 1986 and has become a major Marian pilgrimage site ever since.
For others, Pentecost is simply a time to remember the founding of the Church with the coming of the Holy Spirit from Heaven. And for still others, this is just another off-work day. Many people spend the weekend with family and friends at home and attend church at some point. Kids are out of school and enjoy having a break from their studies.
|2021||24 May||Mon||Whit Monday|
|2020||1 Jun||Mon||Whit Monday|
|2019||10 Jun||Mon||Whit Monday|
|2018||21 May||Mon||Whit Monday|
|2017||5 Jun||Mon||Whit Monday|