Pentecost is a major Christian observance in Ivory Coast 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.
Traditionally, many in Ivory Coast will attend special church services on Pentecost, sing hymns appropriate to the day, and hear sermons on topics related to the mission of the Church in the world, the coming and ministry of the Holy Spirit, or the Great Commission. Ascension Day, ten days earlier, is also a holiday in Ivory Coast, celebrating the Ascension of Christ 40 days after His Resurrection.