What is Pentecost?
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Why celebrate Pentecost?
Before Pentecost was a Christian festival, it was a Jewish holiday. Pentecost was a harvest festival 50 days after the Passover. (Pente means 50 in Greek.) The crops were harvested and the people celebrated with great feasts.
Pentecost is a great day of celebration for Christians! Pentecost comes 50 days after Easter. But the date isn’t nearly as exciting as the events of the very first Pentecost. You can read that Bible story in Acts 2. As you do that together, list all the surprises that happened that day!
On Pentecost today, Christians celebrate the first coming of the Holy Spirit to the church. RED is the liturgical color for Pentecost.
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Scripture and Liturgy
This entry for Pentecost is from the Catholic encyclopedia (1917 copyright). Rose petals, trumpets and horse races? Check out the customs in the last paragraph. For Kids: Read the story of Pentecost and see pictures.Read a very realistic version of the Pentecost story retold by A McBride
Try this quiz to see if you know the Scripture story of Pentecost
Or try this quiz about Pentecost celebrations.
Wind is a great symbol for the Holy Spirit because wind cannot be seen, but the effects of wind can be seen, heard and felt.
Just like the Spirit among us.
What is wind?
Lots of ideas from Curious George.
You could construct your own weathervane
Try making your own balloon rocket.
Paper wind rockets that shoot off a straw.
From the Artist's Eye
Do you want to see the way people from different cultures picture what happened on Pentecost?