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Ascension Day is officially celebrated on a Thursday on the 40th day of Easter and marks the departure of Christ from Earth into the presence of God. It is the end of the Easter season and occurs ten days before Pentecost. In England, Ascension Day is associated with various water festivals ranging from Well Dressing in Derbyshire to the Planting of the “Penny Hedge” at Whitby. It is said eggs laid on Ascension Day never go bad and will guarantee good luck for a household if placed in the roof. In Devon, it was an ancient belief that the clouds always formed into the familiar Christian image of a lamb on Ascension Day. If the weather is sunny on Ascension Day, the summer will be long and hot. If it rains on the day, crops will do badly and livestock will suffer from disease. According to Welsh superstition, it is unlucky to do any work on Ascension Day.


Pentecost, celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter (the name comes from the Greek pentekoste, "fiftieth"). is the festival when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. In England, it is also known as "Whitsunday" (white Sunday). In the Old Testament, it is referred to by several names:, The Feast of Weeks, The Feast of Harvest and The Day of First-Fruits. Two notable symbols of the Holy Spirit and his activity are the elements of wind and fire. On Pentecost Sunday, Christians around the world will celebrate this holy day, with symbols of flames, a dove and wind marked throughout churches. The main sign of Pentecost in the West is the colour red. It symbolizes joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit. Priests or ministers, and choirs wear red vestments, with people of the congregation wearing red clothing in celebration as well.
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