Pentecost is a major Christian observance in Wallis and Futuna 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.
On the French Pacific Island Collectivity of Wallis and Futuna, the same holidays are celebrated as in mainland France. That includes Pentecost Monday as an official holiday and wide observance of Pentecost Sunday the day before.
Pentecost is an important seasonal break for islanders and a popular tourist time for visitors. The beaches are likely to be packed, and many will be out recreating throughout the extended weekend of celebration.
The more devout attend Pentecost services at their local church. The service is likely to focus on the coming of the Holy Spirit as recorded in Acts Chapter Two, the spreading of the Gospel as the mission of the church, or the fact of God’s calling a people out of all nations and language groups.
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