Pentecost is a Christian holiday that is celebrated in Norway and many other parts of the world. Often referred to as Whit Sunday and Whit Monday, this holiday has a long and significant history in the country of Norway.
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Until 2012, Norway was one of the few North Atlantic countries that still had a state religion. Although the government has since separated itself from being associated with any specific religion, the majority of citizens of Norway still celebrate many of the Christian holidays on a national level.
According to Christian beliefs, Pentecost commemorates the day that the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and allowed them to speak in different languages so that they could go out and spread the word of Christ. This event took place during the Jewish Pentecost celebration and has since been referred to by this name.
Pentecost is often known as Whit Sunday and Whit Monday because of the white clothing worn by those being baptised or confirmed in the church during that celebration. Otherwise, bright red, representing the flame of the Holy Spirit, is the colour of Pentecost and even the priests wear these colours for this holiday.
While there are no official celebrations, many churches hold special events on Pentecost Sunday and Whit Monday, such as baptisms, confirmations, and the releasing of red balloons with faith messages attached to their strings. The people of Norway often cook special meals and specialty desserts to enjoy these days, and most businesses are closed on that Sunday and Monday.