Pentecost is a Christian observance in the Faroe Islands 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 Whit Sunday and Whit Monday public holidays 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.
The Faroe Islands observe all Danish holidays, including Pentecost. While there are other denominations on the islands, which may not always celebrate Pentecost, the prevailing Lutheran Church certainly does.
The Church calendar is important in many Lutheran congregations, and church life has seasonal connections to special days and cycles. The Easter tide cycle begins with Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, runs through Easter and Holy Week, and proceeds to Ascension Day and, finally, Pentecost Sunday.
Pentecost marks the Christian belief in the coming of the Holy Spirit to baptise believers into the Body of Christ and thus form the New Testament Church. Lutherans generally believe the Church existed in Old Testament times too, if in a different form, but they still see the changes that took place on the Day of Pentecost, as recorded in Acts Chapter One, as momentous.