Written by Chantel DaCosta

Why We Celebrate Witsun

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Why We Celebrate Whitsun?

Whitsun, also known as Whit Sunday or Whit is the name given to the celebration of Pentecost. This year Whitsun will be celebrated on Monday 21st May.

Whitsun and Pentecost in Christianity

Pentecost is the Christian festival observed on the seventh Sunday after Easter. This commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Christ’s disciples in the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.  ‘Whitsun’ is also thought to derive from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘wit’, meaning ‘understanding’, to celebrate the disciples being filled with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Within Christianity the day is still popular for baptisms and confirmation services.

Whitsuntide in the Caribbean

Whitsuntide is the week that begins with Whit Sunday, especially the first three days.  Several Caribbean countries will observe Whit Monday on the 21st May 2018. The day is a public holiday in:

  • Anguilla
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Boniare
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Montserrat
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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