Whit Monday in France in 2020

  How long until Whit Monday?
This holiday next takes place in 317 days.
  Dates of Whit Monday in France
2021France Mon, May 24Bank Holiday
2020France Mon, Jun 1Bank Holiday
2019France Mon, Jun 10Bank Holiday
2018France Mon, May 21Bank Holiday
2017France Mon, Jun 5Bank Holiday
  Summary
Commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit in the form of flames to the Apostles.
  Local name
Lundi de Pentecôte
  Whit Monday in other countries
Whit Monday internationally

When is Whit Monday?

Whit Monday, also known as Pentecost Monday is a public holiday in several countries on the Monday after Whitsunday. Also known as Pentecost or Whitsun, Whitsunday is observed fifty days (approx. seven weeks) after Easter and 10 days after Ascension.

It marks the end of the Easter cycle, that began 90 days ago with Ash Wednesday at the start of Lent.

Until fairly recently, Whit Monday was a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland. Until 1967, it was a bank holiday in the United Kingdom, when it was replaced by the 'spring bank holiday' on the last Monday in May.

It gets its English name for following "Whitsun", the day that became one of the three baptismal seasons.

The name "Whitsunday" is now generally attributed to the white garments formerly worn by the candidates for baptism on this feast. 

The day 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). Saint Peter then delivered the first Christian sermon, which led to the conversion and baptism of 3,000 people. Many Christians recognize this event as the birth of the Church.

Based on the Holy Spirit bringing understanding and wisdom to the Apostles, some argue that Whitsunday may have its origins in the Anglo-Saxon word "wit", meaning "understanding".

The following day, Whit Monday (Pentecost Monday) is celebrated as a holiday in many European counties.

Holiday Spirit Monday

The holiday is celebrated in the Orthodox Church as Pentecost or Holy Spirit Monday. The date in the Orthodox church calendar will differ from the Western church due to the different methods of calculating the date of Easter.

WhitMonday in France

The whole of Pentecost week used to be a holiday, but after the 1789 revolution only the Monday remained a public holiday.

In 2003, France suffered a heat wave, which resulted in almost 15,000 deaths, mainly elderly people. This prompted the idea of how to increase the funding for additional care for the elderly. In 2005, it was decided to encourage workers to give up one day's holiday - and Lundi de Pentecôte was selected. At first, an encouraging 44% of people gave up the holiday, but this amount diminished over the years; so much so that it was reinstated as a public holiday in 2008, instead the idea now is that each French worker has a 'solidarity day'. They can give up a holiday, a vacation day, a compensation day or even seven hours divided up all through the year.

on Whit Monday, public transport will operate on a Sunday schedule.

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