Shavuot began the evening of Thursday, May 28, and ended the evening of Saturday, May 30, 2020. Although Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, began as an ancient grain harvest festival, the holiday has been identified since biblical times with the giving of the Ten Commandments from God to Moses on Mount Sinai.
Pentecost is on Sunday, May 31, 2020. Pentecost is the Greek name given for the Feast of Weeks (Leviticus 23:15; Deuteronomy 16:9). In our Christian observance of Pentecost, fifty days after Resurrection Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit in new ways. It is a feast celebrating the Holy Spirit’s descent upon the twelve Apostles. Some Christians refer to Pentecost as the “Birthday of the Church.”
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