Saturday 27 May 2017
(Week 21)

Pentecost 2017, 2018 and further

View below the dates for (among others) Pentecost 2017 and Pentecost 2018.
You can also see on which day the holiday falls and how many days it is until this holiday.
DateHolidayDay
June 4, 2017 Pentecost 2017 Sunday
May 20, 2018 Pentecost 2018 Sunday
June 9, 2019 Pentecost 2019 Sunday
May 31, 2020 Pentecost 2020 Sunday
May 23, 2021 Pentecost 2021 Sunday
June 5, 2022 Pentecost 2022 Sunday
May 28, 2023 Pentecost 2023 Sunday
May 19, 2024 Pentecost 2024 Sunday
June 8, 2025 Pentecost 2025 Sunday
May 24, 2026 Pentecost 2026 Sunday
May 16, 2027 Pentecost 2027 Sunday

Significance of Pentecost 2017

Pentecost, also known as White Sunday, is a religious holiday that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit on the early followers of Jesus Christ and also recognizes the day that the church was established.

History of Pentecost

Pentecost is the Jewish Festival of Weeks, which can be found in the Hebrew Bible. Shavuot called the Festival of Weeks and is also called the Festival of Reaping or harvest. Jews traditionally read the Book of Ruth at Pentecost as the story links with the grain harvest theme of the festival. Pentecost 2017, as a Christian feast, dates back to the first century. It occurs 50 days after Easter Sunday and falls on the ancient Jewish festival called the "feast of weeks".

In the New Testament, Pentecost was the occasion of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ and therefore became a feast commemorating this occasion. The English word "Pentecost" is a translation of the Greek word pentekostos, which means "fifty".

It comes from the ancient Christian expression pentekoste hemera, which means fiftieth day (therefore applicable to the 50 days after the Resurrection of Christ). But Christians did not invent the phrase "fiftieth day". Rather, they borrowed it from Greek-speaking Jews who used the phrase to refer to a Jewish holiday.

Traditions of Pentecost

Across denominational lines, Pentecost 2017 has been an opportunity for Christians to honour the role of the Holy Spirit in their lives, and celebrate the birth of the church. The traditions differ between church dominations, with some celebrating the holiday more significantly than others.

Some churches decorate their churches with the colour red to represent the "power and fire of the Spirit". Churches often welcome new members or confirm existing members on Pentecost through baptisms and confirmations, and somewhat explains why some refer to the day as "White Sunday" in reference to the white clothing commonly worn for baptism. Additionally there are religious (church) services, Festive meals, Processions and Ordinations.

When is Pentecost 2017

Pentecost always occurs seven weeks after Easter Sunday; therefore 50 days after Easter (inclusive of Easter Day). In other words, it falls on the eighth Sunday (counting Easter Day). To find the next Pentecost holiday dates, consult the above table.
See besides 'Pentecost' even more holidays, click on one of the links below.

View or download the 2017 calendar.

See also the 2017 Calendar.