Pentecost is a major Christian observance in Réunion 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.
Aside from family gatherings and attending church, Pentecost season may seem uneventful in Réunion so far as official celebratory events are concerned. But that doesn’t mean no one does anything. It is a time when many locals and tourists take advantage of the opportunity to get away and explore the wonders of their island.
The beautiful beaches are packed with swimmers and sun bathers, and snorkelling or scuba diving in and around the island’s many coral reefs is also quite popular. Also, this is a great time to climb a local volcano or visit a collapsed volcanic “amphitheatre” or the lush rain forest interior.