Whitsun n : Christian holiday; the week beginning on Whitsunday (especially the first 3 days) [syn: Whitsuntide, Whitweek]
- , /ˈwɪt.sən/
- 1909: Sidney Heath, Romance of Symbolism: Fonts and the symbols of baptism - The times [for baptism] of which Whitsun Eve is one, are specified by ... the constitutions for Orthobon for England, Gerona, 517, c. iv.
- The holiday
beginning on Whitsunday
- 1978: Peter Bailey, Leisure and class in Victorian England: Rational recreation and the contset for control, quoting "a British observation from early 20th century", read in Orvar Löfgren, On Holiday: A History of Vacationing (2002) - The excursion train used to vomit forth, at Easter and in Whitsun week, throngs of millhands of the period, cads and their flames, tawdry, blowsy, noisy, drunken.
- Dutch: Pinksteren
- Of, or relating to Whitsunday or Whitsuntide
Whitsun (Old English for "White Sunday") is the forty-ninth day (seventh Sunday) after Easter Sunday. In the Christian calendar, it is also known as Pentecost, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples.
It has that meaning in the following:
- Whitsun, a poem by Sylvia Plath
- A Whitsun Ale (esp., English) is a county fair, with competitions, dancing (traditionally, morris dancing), music, and socialising, usually sponsored by a local pub or tavern.
- Dancing at Whitsun, a song by John Austin Marshall, recorded by Gordon Bok, Joan Baez and others. This song is set to the tune of The False Bride.