Pentecost is Greek for the fifteenth day and is one of the prominent feasts in the Christian liturgical year. Pentecost is celebrated the fifteenth day after Easter Sunday. Historically and symbolically, Pentecost or Whitsun Day is related to the Jewish harvest festival of Shavuot. It also celebrates the decent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the other followers of Jesus. Pentecost is also known as Whitsun Sunday in the United Kingdom and other English speaking countries such as the United States and Australia. It has also been suggested that Whitsun Day simply means White Sunday. Because in the Primitive Church the newly baptized people wore white clothing from Easter to Pentecost and were labeled white robed. The last of the Sundays, which is also labeled the chief festival, was named Sunday in White.
Christians understood Pentecost or Whitsun Day as a powerful feast of the salvation because it speaks about the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai, the founding of the Church, and about the Final Judgment. Pentecost can be viewed as a holiday parallel to Shavuot, just as Passover is to Easter. On Passover, the Jews were delivered from slavery in Egypt; On Easter mankind was delivered from slavery to sin; On Shavuot, the Children of Israel received the Law and on the Pentecost or Whitsun Day the Church received the fullness of the Holy Spirit. The fact that this feast called Pentecost or Whitsun Day marked the end of harvesting, we mustn’t link it only to agriculture because it is a feast celebrating the relation between Yahweh and his followers. Have a happy Whitsun Day.