Whit Monday

Date of Whit Monday

50th or 51st  day after Easter, Whit Monday is, on the day after Pentecost

Meaning of Whit Monday

Whit Monday or Holy Spirit Day is a Christian and folk holiday of the Holy Spirit, which according to biblical notions is manifested in people, sanctifying them, and this is the main purpose of creating and saving the world.

Background

In the east of the Balkans and among the Eastern Slavs of Spirits, the day was mainly associated with a complex of funeral rituals, with the “souls” of the dead, etc. (see The Assholes, Rosalia, Trinity Day), whereas in the west of the Slavic world this day is almost entirely devoted to pastoral holidays. For the East Slavic folk tradition, the belief that the land on Spirits Day was a birthday was characteristic.

Celebrations

In Orthodoxy it is celebrated on the 51st day after Easter, that is, on the day after Pentecost (always on Monday). In Orthodox churches, the holiday is also called the Monk of the Holy Spirit (Greek Δευτέρα τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος).

In Catholicism, it is celebrated on the 50th day after Easter, simultaneously with the Trinity (always on Sunday). In the Roman Catholic Church, the holiday is also called the Feast of the Descent of the Holy Spirit.

In many states, Holy Spirit Day is a day off. In some of these countries, the holiday is known as the “Second day of Pentecost.”

Other Christian Festivals

  • Easter
  • Palm Sunday
  • All Hallows Eve
  • Christmas
  • All Souls’ Day
  • Holy Cross Day

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