Holy Spirit Monday in Greece in 2020

Holy Spirit Monday in Greece in 2020
  How long until Holy Spirit Monday?
This holiday next takes place in 295 days.
  Dates of Holy Spirit Monday in Greece
2021 Greece Mon, May 24National Holiday
2020 Greece Mon, Jun 8National Holiday
2019 Greece Mon, Jun 17National Holiday
2018 Greece Mon, May 28National Holiday
2017 Greece Mon, Jun 5National Holiday
  Summary
Orthodox Pentecost Monday, also known as Holy Spirit Monday, is observed fifty days (approx. seven weeks) after Orthodox Easter.
  Local name
Pentikostí
  Holy Spirit Monday in other countries
Holy Spirit Monday internationally

Holy Spirit Monday in Greece

Holy Spirit Monday, known as Agios Pnevmatos, is a national holiday in Greece.

When is Orthodox Pentecost Monday?

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

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

History of Orthodox Pentecost Monday

It marks the end of the Easter cycle, that began 92 days before 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 through 'tongues of fire', and they started preaching the word of Jesus to the Jews who come to Jerusalem for the feast of Shavuot (Pentecost),  a festival that celebrates of the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai.

Many Christians recognise this day as the birth of the Church for two reasons. Firstly, the descent of the Holy Spirit completed the Trinity - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit - the basis of Christian theology. Secondly, it was the first time that the Apostles had preached to the masses.

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

As this is a legal holiday in Greece, schools and businesses are closed, but shops, restaurants, and cafes remain open.

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