Pentecost in Western Christianity and Armenia Date in the current year: May 15, 2016

Pentecost in Western Christianity and Armenia Pentecost is one of the major religious holidays in Western Christianity. It always falls on the 50th day after Easter, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles.

The Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles and the disciples of Christ as they were all in one place. A sound, like a rushing mighty wind, came from heaven and cloven tongues, like as of fire, appeared and sat on every disciple. The disciples started speaking other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Western churches celebrate Pentecost in different ways. The main sign of the holiday is red color, which symbolized joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit. Priest chose red vestments, red flowers are laid at the altars or preaching ares.

Green branches are used to decorate churches in German-speaking countries and in Central Europe. The most typical tree for Pentecost decoration is birch. Rose petals are scattered from the ceiling of the churches in Italy. In France the trumpets are blown during Divine service and Whit Walks chapel parades are held in Western England.

Pentecost always falls on Sunday, that is why the following Monday is a public holiday in many European countries and in some African nations.

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