Pentecost is a major Christian observance in New Caledonia 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.
Traditionally, people attend church on Pentecost Sunday. However, the opportunities presented by an extended weekend offer more than only church attendance. Many also engage is recreational activities including hiking, swimming, and eating with family and friends.