Pentecost is a major Christian observance in Mayotte 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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|2022||6 Jun||Mon||Whit Monday|
|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.
Pentecost was originally a Jewish festival, the Festival of Weeks. It came 50 days after Passover and was the time when the first fruits of the harvest were offered to God in thanksgiving. Later, it was the day when the first fruits of the Holy Spirit were baptised into the Body of Christ, 50 days after the Resurrection of Christ.
Many baptisms and confirmations occur on or near Pentecost Sunday in Mayotte. And there are sometimes church processions, special candles lit in church buildings, pilgrimages, and other religious events on this day. In Mayotte, however, the warm Indian Ocean waters and pristine beaches are too much to resist, making Pentecost Weekend a prime time for swimming activities as well!
|2020||1 Jun||Mon||Whit Monday|
|2019||10 Jun||Mon||Whit Monday|
|2018||21 May||Mon||Whit Monday|
|2017||5 Jun||Mon||Whit Monday|