Pentecost

Pentecost

Pentecost is a big event in the Christian calendar. Commemorating the Holy Spirit’s descent upon the apostles and followers of Jesus, it pops up fifty days after Easter Sunday, usually late May to early June. The term comes from the Greek word “pentēkostē,” meaning “fiftieth,” marking the days since Easter. Fun fact: it’s often referred to as the “Birthday of the Church” as it empowered Jesus’ apostles to spread Christianity worldwide.


Celebrations vary globally. Western Christian regions, like Europe and North America, focus on church services, special liturgies, and red liturgical colours symbolising the Holy Spirit’s flames. Greek Orthodox traditions feature grand processions, decorations with green branches and flowers, and the release of doves. Brazil celebrates with parades, music, and dancing (of course!). But the common theme everywhere is the celebration of the Holy Spirit’s influence, a central tenet of most Christian denominations.


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