Whitsun is fifty days after Easter Sunday, also known as Pentecost.
Acts 2 tells the story of the original Pentecost:
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Spring goeth all in white
Crowned with milk-white may:
In fleecy flocks of light
O’er heaven the white clouds stray.
White butterflies in the air;
White daisies prank the ground;
The cherry and the hoary pear
Scatter their snow around
From Festivals, Family & Food:
In Northern Europe the connection is also a natural one, with the blossoming of white May, Hawthorn and Lilac at this time. For children this can be the time to celebrate the blossoms, bringing a few into the home if possible, or finding white daisies to place on a saucer of water for the table or weave into chains.
Last week we harvested lots of Elder flowers to make cordial. Already the tree has replenished!