In 2017, Pentecost Sunday will be on June 4. However, there are many people including Christians, who don’t know about the importance and the reasons for this day’s celebration. Unlike Christmas, where you have Santa Claus, Christmas tree, colorful presents and all-encompassing holiday atmosphere, or Easter with Easter bunnies and colorful eggs, Pentecost Sunday has no special social markers, which would distinguish it from other Christian holidays. For those who are looking to get basic and quick understanding of what Pentecost Sunday is, here’s the list of top 8 things that you definitely need to know about this Christian holiday.
- Meaning of Pentecost: Pentecost Sunday celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles.
- Extended meaning according to the Holy Bible: According to John 16-5-15, Pentecost aims to fulfill the promise of Jesus to send the "Spirit of Truth" and "Counselor". Also, Pentecost is supposed to be the day, which launched a comprehensive distribution of the Gospel after the ascension of Jesus Christ. In the acts 2:41, there are fragments mentioning Peter speaking to the crowd of people, after the descent of the Holy Spirit upon him. According to the Holy Bible, around 3,000 people were baptized.
- When it is celebrated: Pentecost Sunday is celebrated in 50 days after Easter and in 10 days after the Ascension of Jesus Christ.
- Where it was first mentioned: the Holy Bible mentions Pentecost Sunday in Acts 2:1-13.
- Another name of this holiday: "the birthday of the Church" is another name of Pentecost.
- Origins of the name: event in Acts 2 of the New Testament includes The Pentecostal movement. That’s where from this holiday derives its name.
- Celebration in other religions: Pentecost is celebrated by Jews as well, but they have different reasons to celebrate this holiday. Their celebration of Pentecost is dedicated to the act of God, giving Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, which happened in 50 days after the Passover. In addition, Jews have different name for this holiday, which is Shavuot.
- Symbolics: Pentecost is represented and associated with the red color, which serves as the symbol of the Holy Spirit’s fire.
Whether you’re a Christian or not, this short list gives you enough information to understand what Pentecost Sunday is and why it is and should be celebrated. Happy Pentecost Sunday and May God guide you!