Pentecost is a major Christian observance in the Republic of the Congo 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.
|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 is an integral part of the overall Easter season. Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, and Ascension Day are also “Eastertide” holidays in the Republic of the Congo.
The account of Pentecost is found in the Biblical Book of Acts, in the second chapter, and describes how tongues of fire appeared over the heads of the apostles and others gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem. They proclaimed the Gospel to a multilingual crowd, and each individual heard the message in their own native tongue.
|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|