Ecology Viewed from the Right

Throughout Europe and the United States, the chill mornings and blossoming trees of spring are giving way to summer’s warmth and abundance. As the midway point between spring and summer, the month of May has historically been a season of great importance to the peoples of Europe, a joyful time of sowing, revelry, feasting, and courtship.

One of the greatest feasts in the Christian calendar falls in this season, when spring shades into summer: Pentecost, known by the more poetic name of “Whitsunday” or “Whitsun” in old England, takes place fifty days after Easter (whence it’s Greek name, pentēkostē) and thus can occur any time between May 10 and June 13. This year, it falls on May 23. In Christian tradition, this day commemorates the descent of the Holy Ghost upon Christ’s apostles. In addition to its religious significance, Whitsunday was once one of the major holidays of the…

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