Whit Monday

Whit Monday
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1 Jun 20208 Jun 2020Public Holiday
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Whit Monday, also known as a Pentecost Monday is a Christian holiday and it’s celebrated after Pentecost, aka. Whit Sunday. This public holiday commemorates the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the disciples of Jesus Christ.

Whit Monday 2020

Whit Monday 2020 for Western churches starts on Monday, 01 Jun 2020

In the Eastern Orthodox Church is known as “Monday of the Holy Spirit” and it is dedicated to the honor of God the Holy Spirit and his descent upon the apostles at Pentecost.

Pentecost Monday
Pentecost also marks the birth of the Christian Church. It is not certain when it was first observed, but may have been early as the first century.

The name Pentecost comes from the Greek pentekoste meaning fiftieth. Ministers and Priests usually wear red to symbolize the fire which brought the Holy Spirit to earth. Other common symbols are the wind (the breath of God) and a dove (peace).

In most cases, Whit Monday is not widely celebrated as a religious day, but it is usually a day off for workers.

Eastern Orthodox Pentecost

Whit Monday occurs roughly seven weeks after Easter Monday. It is a movable holiday because it is determined by the Easter date.

YearWestern Whit MondayOrthodox Whit Monday
2017June 05June 05
2018May 21May 21
2019June 10June 17
2020June 01June 08
2021May 24June 21

Holy Trinity
In some Orthodox churches, Whit Monday is observed after the date set by the western churches. This is because some Eastern Orthodox churches still observe holidays according to the Julian calendar.

Whit Monday Customs in Europe

🇪🇺 In Europe, Whit Monday is a public holiday in Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Switzerland, and Ukraine.

🇱🇮 In Lichtenstein Whit Monday is considered to be the “most favorite” holiday like Christmas is in many countries of the Western world.

🇩🇪 🇦🇹 In Germany and Austria, people mark the Second Day of Pentecost with various local and regional customs.

🇫🇷 In France, families normally gather outdoors for picnics and sports while many villages hold festivals in honor of the holiday. The day is meant to be celebrated with family, friends, food, and wine.

🇬🇷 In Greece, the holiday is an excuse for plenty of festivities and a three-day public holiday getaway for a lot of Greeks.

🇳🇴 In Norway, it is quite popular to spend time outdoors or in the garden with family or friends.

Whit Monday in European Languages

🇫🇷 Lundi de Pentecôte🇩🇪 Pfingstmontag🇪🇸 Lunes de Pentecostés 🇮🇹 Lunedì di Pentecoste
🇳🇴 Andre Pinsedag🇨🇿 Páteční svatba🇩🇰 Pinsedag🇳🇱 Tweede Pinksterdag
🇫🇮 Helluntaipäivä🇭🇺 Pünkösdhétfő🇸🇮 Binkoštni ponedeljek🇧🇦 Duhovski ponedjeljak
🇸🇪 Annandag Pingst🇭🇷 Duhovski ponedjeljak🇵🇱 Zielone Świątki🇷🇴 Luni luni
🇷🇺 Духов день🇹🇷 Pazartesi günü🇮🇪 Luan Cincíse🇷🇸 Духовски понедељак