Pentecost Sunday around the world in 2021

Pentecost Sunday around the world in 2021

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Pentecost Sunday
  Dates of Pentecost Sunday around the world
2022 Various Jun 5
BelgiumSun, Jun 5National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaSun, Jun 5National Holiday
DenmarkSun, Jun 5National Holiday
EstoniaSun, Jun 5National Holiday
Faroe IslandsSun, Jun 5National Holiday
French PolynesiaSun, Jun 5National Holiday
HungarySun, Jun 5National Holiday
LiechtensteinSun, Jun 5National Holiday
NetherlandsSun, Jun 5National Holiday
NorwaySun, Jun 5National Holiday
PolandSun, Jun 5National Holiday
Sint MaartenSun, Jun 5National Holiday
SloveniaSun, Jun 5National Holiday
SwedenSun, Jun 5National Holiday
2021 Various May 23
BelgiumSun, May 23National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaSun, May 23National Holiday
DenmarkSun, May 23National Holiday
EstoniaSun, May 23National Holiday
Faroe IslandsSun, May 23National Holiday
French PolynesiaSun, May 23National Holiday
HungarySun, May 23National Holiday
LiechtensteinSun, May 23National Holiday
NetherlandsSun, May 23National Holiday
NorwaySun, May 23National Holiday
PolandSun, May 23National Holiday
Sint MaartenSun, May 23National Holiday
SloveniaSun, May 23National Holiday
SwedenSun, May 23National Holiday
2020 Various May 31
BelgiumSun, May 31National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaSun, May 31National Holiday
DenmarkSun, May 31National Holiday
EstoniaSun, May 31National Holiday
Faroe IslandsSun, May 31National Holiday
French PolynesiaSun, May 31National Holiday
HungarySun, May 31National Holiday
LiechtensteinSun, May 31National Holiday
NetherlandsSun, May 31National Holiday
NorwaySun, May 31National Holiday
PolandSun, May 31National Holiday
Sint MaartenSun, May 31National Holiday
SloveniaSun, May 31National Holiday
SwedenSun, May 31National Holiday
2019 Various Jun 9
BelgiumSun, Jun 9National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaSun, Jun 9National Holiday
DenmarkSun, Jun 9National Holiday
EstoniaSun, Jun 9National Holiday
Faroe IslandsSun, Jun 9National Holiday
French PolynesiaSun, Jun 9National Holiday
HungarySun, Jun 9National Holiday
LiechtensteinSun, Jun 9National Holiday
NetherlandsSun, Jun 9National Holiday
NorwaySun, Jun 9National Holiday
PolandSun, Jun 9National Holiday
Sint MaartenSun, Jun 9National Holiday
SloveniaSun, Jun 9National Holiday
SwedenSun, Jun 9National Holiday
2018 Various May 20
BelgiumSun, May 20National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaSun, May 20National Holiday
DenmarkSun, May 20National Holiday
Faroe IslandsSun, May 20National Holiday
French PolynesiaSun, May 20National Holiday
HungarySun, May 20National Holiday
LiechtensteinSun, May 20National Holiday
NetherlandsSun, May 20National Holiday
NorwaySun, May 20National Holiday
PolandSun, May 20National Holiday
Sint MaartenSun, May 20National Holiday
SloveniaSun, May 20National Holiday
SwedenSun, May 20National Holiday

Celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter

  Which countries observe Pentecost Sunday in 2021?
  BelgiumMay 23National Holiday
  Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaMay 23National Holiday
  DenmarkMay 23National Holiday
  EstoniaMay 23National Holiday
  Faroe IslandsMay 23National Holiday
  French PolynesiaMay 23National Holiday
  HungaryMay 23National Holiday
  LiechtensteinMay 23National Holiday
  NetherlandsMay 23National Holiday
  NorwayMay 23National Holiday
  PolandMay 23National Holiday
  Sint MaartenMay 23National Holiday
  SloveniaMay 23National Holiday
  SwedenMay 23National Holiday
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When is Pentecost Sunday?

Pentecost, also known as Whit Sunday or Whitsunday, is observed on the seventh Sunday after Easter and 10 days after Ascension. The name comes from the Greek word "pentekoste" which means fiftieth as Pentecost Sunday takes place on the 50th day of Easter.

As the date is based on Easter, this day is a moveable feast. The earliest day that Pentecost Sunday can fall is May 10th (as in 1818) and the latest possible date is June 13th (next in 2038).

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

Why is it called Pentecost Sunday?

This Christian holy day commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit in the form of flames to the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ, as recorded in the New Testament in Acts 2:1–31, the fifth book of the New Testament of the Bible.

The Holy Spirit allowed the apostles to speak in other languages, and they started preaching the word of Jesus to the Jews who were in Jerusalem for the feast of Shavuot (also known as the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost - in this case, meaning seven weeks since Passover).

Many Christians recognise the Descent of the Holy Spirit as the birth of the Church.

In the United Kingdom, Pentecost is known as Whitsunday. The name "Whitsunday" is generally attributed to the white garments formerly worn by the candidates for baptism on this feast.

In Germany, Pentecost is called "Pfingsten" and often coincides with the beginning of many outdoor and springtime activities. 

Did you know?

In 1662, Isaac Newton compiled a list of 48 sins he had committed before Whitsunday that included ‘eating an apple at Thy house’, ‘making pies on Sunday night‘, and ‘denying a crossbow to my mother and grandmother though I knew of it’.

Orthodox Pentecost Sunday

As the date of Orthodox Easter is usually different to the date in the Western Church, so to the date of Orthodox Pentecost Sunday, also known as Holy Spirit Sunday, will differ.

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