Orthodox Pentecost Monday

National Holiday observed in several European Countries

Orthodox Pentecost Monday
The Descent of the Holy Spirit, St. Sophia of Kyiv

When is Holy Spirit Monday?

Year Date
2018 May 28
2017 June 05
2016 June 20
2015 June 01

Who observes Holy Spirit Monday?

Cyprus Cyprus Greece Greece
Romania Romania Ukraine Ukraine

Orthodox Pentecost Monday, also known as Holy Spirit Monday, is observed fifty days (approx. seven weeks) after Orthdox Easter.

The date in the Orthodox church will differ from the Western church due to the different methods of calculating the date of Easter.

It marks the end of the Easter cycle, that began 92 days ago with Orthodox Shrove Monday.

Pentecost Sunday commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit in the form of flames to the Apostles, as recorded in the New Testament in Acts, 2.

The Holy Spirit allowed the apostles to speak in other languages, and they started preaching the word of Jesus to the Jews who come to Jerusalem for the feast of Shavuot (Pentecost). Many Christians recognize this event as the birth of the Church.

The following day, Pentecost Monday, is celebrated as a holiday in some East European counties.

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