Pentecost is a Christian holiday that is often referred to as Whit Sunday. It is held to remember when the Apostles and disciples were visited by the Holy Spirit and given the ability to spread their message to the world.
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The date of the holiday changes each year because it is always 50 days after Easter Sunday, which itself is a moveable holiday.
In Sweden, Whit Sunday or Pentecost is generally celebrated starting on Saturday night. On that evening, a large meal is served in the home and families gather together to enjoy each other’s company.
On Pentecost, it is traditional to dress in red and attend church services in the morning. The red represents the flame of the Holy Spirit, and even the churches will be decorated in red on this day. After services, it is traditional to go out picnicking with the family. Pentecost often coincides with the beginning of warmer weather in Sweden; so many people celebrate this holiday outdoors.
It is the tradition of the church to perform confirmations and baptisms on this day. It has also become a very popular day to schedule a wedding, although there is no tradition associated with this date for marriages.