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Dates for Pentecost
In Gregorian dates
Year Western Eastern
2017 June 4

2018 May 20May 27

2019 June 9June 16

2020 May 31June 7

2021 May 23June 20

2022 June 5June 12

2023 May 28June 4

2024 May 19June 23

2025 June 8

2026 May 24May 31

2027 May 16June 20

2028 June 4

2029 May 20May 27

2030 June 9June 16

2031 June 1

I.e., “fiftieth”, found only in the New Testament (Acts 2:1; 20:16; 1 Cor. 16:8). The festival so named is first spoken of in Ex. 23:16 as “the feast of harvest,” and again in Ex. 34:22 as “the day of the firstfruits” (Num. 28:26). From the sixteenth of the month of Nisan (the second day of the Passover), seven complete weeks, i.e., forty-nine days, were to be reckoned, and this feast was held on the fiftieth day. The manner in which it was to be kept is described in Lev. 23:15-19; Num. 28:27-29. Besides the sacrifices prescribed for the occasion, every one was to bring to the Lord his “tribute of a free-will offering” (Deut. 16:9-11). The purpose of this feast was to commemorate the completion of the grain harvest. Its distinguishing feature was the offering of “two leavened loaves” made from the new corn of the completed harvest, which, with two lambs, were waved before the Lord as a thank offering.

The day of Pentecost is noted in the Christian Church as the day on which the Spirit descended upon the apostles, and on which, under Peter’s preaching, so many thousands were converted in Jerusalem (Acts 2).

PD-icon.svg This entry incorporates text from the public domain Easton's Bible Dictionary, originally published in 1897.