Davina here - On Sunday 24th it was Whitsun, which is always the 7th Sunday after Easter and is also known as Pentecost. Elfie and her school friends are celebrating it this week (a little late as they were on half term at the end of May) so I thought we'd celebrate it at home at the same time as school. I haven't celebrated it since being a young child but now Elfie is at Kindergarten she is celebrating all these wonderful seasonal festivals and reminding me of the magic of them and inspiring me to celebrate them at home (I love any excuse to focus on the positive and have little celebrations). The word Whitsun means “White Sunday” and probably comes from the tradition of wearing white dresses to Church for the festival of Pentecost. The festival also happens at a time of year when nature is full of white blossoms such hawthorn flowers and cow parsley.
The festival is historically rooted in Christianity and commemorates the day that the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples and gave them the ability to speak in many different languages. However many people now celebrate it in a non religious way and instead focus on notions of community, languages, sharing and nature’s blossomy beauty. The Dove is commonly a symbol of the peace that comes from having a good community.
I love the idea of celebrating my own local community of friends and the beautiful white flowers that are in season, which we have loads of in our local park.
6 Easy Ways to Celebrate Whitsun
- Embellish your house with white flowers such as cow parley and hawthorn - you could just make a simple posy or if yo have more time a wreath.
- Make a paper dove garland - see image below for inspiration (nordic style).
- Celebrate your own personal community and think of the important people in your life and ask your family to do the same. Choose 3 people each and print pictures of them or draw them. Put these images in glass jars as decorations for your dining table. You could even put candles in the jars to make the images glow a flame is also a symbol of Whitsun. Use this Ecosalon tutorial to make Picture Jar Candles.
- Eat white food! Simple. We will be making lots of plain scones for the day.
- Organise a meal with friends that make up your local community and all agree to bring some food to share - hence celebrating the idea of community and sharing.
- Dress in White! Easy (well if you have white clothes)
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