Whitsuntide

Carpe Diem: A reason to celebrate


| May/June 2002


Christians mark the seventh Sunday after Easter as Pentecost, in remembrance of how Jesus’ apostles reaffirmed their faith after encountering the Holy Spirit. In northern Europe it is also observed as Whitsuntide, a salute to spring in which white is the theme of the day in apparel, bouquets, and food. In southern Spain, warm weather is taken for granted but fresh water is not, so celebrants make pilgrimages—called romerias—to rivers and springs to honor the Virgin Mary. The roots of this tradition, which includes elaborate picnics, go back to festivals honoring pagan goddesses like Artemis and Diana. For young men and women it was traditionally a chance to slip away from rigid sexual supervision to frolic in the fields. Elisabeth Luard in her new book, Sacred Food (Chicago Review Press, $35), proposes that you plan your own romeria with a lunch of homemade paella in the fresh spring air. And then frolic in your own fashion.













Pay Now Save $5!

Utne Summer 2016Want to gain a fresh perspective? Read stories that matter? Feel optimistic about the future? It's all here! Utne Reader offers provocative writing from diverse perspectives, insightful analysis of art and media, down-to-earth news and in-depth coverage of eye-opening issues that affect your life.

Save Even More Money By Paying NOW!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $5 and get 4 issues of Utne Reader for only $40.00 (USA only).

Or Bill Me Later and pay just $45 for 4 issues of Utne Reader!




Facebook Instagram Twitter flipboard


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265