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Pentecost

Pentecost 2017 and 2018

Pentecost is the name of a Christian holiday that is also known as the “Birthday of the Church”. It falls fifty days after Easter Sunday.

YearDateDayHoliday
20175 JunMonWhit Monday
201821 MayMonWhit Monday

Pentecost means “50”. This holiday acknowledges the time the Holy Spirit came down to his apostles and provided them with the ability to communicate in other languages. A couple other common names for this holiday are both “Whit Sunday” and “Whitsunday.” Pentecost is a national public holiday in Luxembourg, just like Ascension Day, Assumption Day, All Saints’ Day and National Day.

Many people who reside in the tiny European nation of Luxembourg celebrate Pentecost each year. Close to 70 percent of the residents of this country are Roman Catholic. Pentecost celebrations are plentiful in Luxembourg. Churches typically acknowledge the holiday via sermon, song or prayer. There are even some churches that participate in more elaborate rituals. They sometimes have services that concentrate on the initial Pentecost. They sometimes have services that involve praying for a return of that degree of divine strength, too.

Festivities abound on Pentecost in Luxembourg. There are often exciting festivals that take place on the holiday. The “Enjoy Luxembourg Festival” has occurred on Pentecost weekend in Luxembourg. It’s a beloved event in Place Guillaume II, a bustling town square. It gives people access to live music, exhibitions, interesting activities and more. People who feel festive and merry on Pentecost can visit events of this type.

People in Luxembourg can also often take part in events that occur shortly after Pentecost. One example of such an event is the “Féerie du Genêt” or “Geenzefest” in Wiltz. This is a widely known festival and flower parade. It often even features an in-depth street market for people who like to browse and shop. This fun-filled event often takes place on the Monday directly following Pentecost.

Wine tasting is yet another activity that’s an option for people who are in Luxembourg on Pentecost. People in Luxembourg frequently visit distilleries and wine cellars to savour a bit of wine tasting. They don’t restrict their fun to tasting wine alone, however. They also often enjoy themselves by sampling culinary delights and listening to excellent live music. They frequently go on guided tours of popular local wineries as well.

Echternach is an eastern Luxembourg commune. People who visit Echternach may be fortunate enough to be able to check out a Jumping Parade on Pentecost. This event is just as interesting as it sounds. If you want the chance to be able to witness countless Luxembourgers jumping and dancing together, this parade is without a doubt a must-see for you. It has roots that go all the way back to the Medieval period. Pilgrims of that time danced in the direction of Luxembourg’s patron saint’s tomb. That patron saint was Saint Willibrord.

Pentecost weekend is big for tourism in Luxembourg. Higher numbers of travellers visit the nation around the holiday. That’s no big shocker, either. Pentecost is a time of joy for Luxembourgers. Their feelings of happiness are practically infectious on Pentecost.