Pentecost is a major Christian observance in French Polynesia 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.
In French Polynesia, there are many Easter-related holidays on the calendar each year, including Pentecost. Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, Pentecost Sunday, and Whit Monday are all observed here.
Aside from attending church services, baptisms, and confirmations on Pentecost, this long weekend is also a welcome time off for French Polynesians. It gives extra time to spend with family and friends. Many families have special meals, visit relatives, spend time out of doors, or head to the beaches to swim and sun themselves.
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