|When is Pentecost in 2013?|
In 2013, Pentecost is on Sunday, May 19th.
|What is Pentecost?|
According to the ancient Israel calendar, Pentecost is the Greek name given for the Feast of Weeks, a major feast celebrating the giving of the 10 Commandments from God to Moses ontop of Mount Sinai. In the Christian liturgical year, Pentecost is a feast celebrating the Holy Spirit's descent upon the twelve Apostles. For the Eastern Church, Pentecost also refers to the entire fifty day period inbetween Easter Sunday and Pentecost.
The word Pentecost means "the 50th day" because the Pentecost celebration occurs seven weeks, or fifty days, after Easter Sunday. Some Christians refer to Pentecost as the "Birthday of the Church."