Pentecost is a feast in the calendar of ancient Israel. Later it became a feast commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles of Jesus Christ. Pentecost is often described as the "Birthday of the Church".
Religious (church) services; having festive meals; joining processions; folk customs; dancing; spring and woodland rites; festive clothing; thinking of the finnish saying "If one has no sweetheart until Pentecost, he/she will not have it during the whole summer."
Roman Catholics, Old Catholics, Protestants, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Anglicans and other Christians.
Legal holiday in:
Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, parts of Switzerland, Ukraine, Senegal, Benin, Togo