Whit Monday around the world in 2022



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  Dates of Whit Monday around the world
2023 Various May 29
AndorraMon, May 29National Holiday
AnguillaMon, May 29National Holiday
Antigua and BarbudaMon, May 29National Holiday
AustriaMon, May 29National Holiday
BahamasMon, May 29National Holiday
BarbadosMon, May 29National Holiday
BelgiumMon, May 29National Holiday
BeninMon, May 29National Holiday
British Virgin IslandsMon, May 29National Holiday
Central African RepublicMon, May 29National Holiday
CongoMon, May 29National Holiday
DenmarkMon, May 29National Holiday
DominicaMon, May 29National Holiday
Faroe IslandsMon, May 29National Holiday
FranceMon, May 29National Holiday
French GuianaMon, May 29National Holiday
French PolynesiaMon, May 29National Holiday
GabonMon, May 29National Holiday
GermanyMon, May 29National Holiday
GreenlandMon, May 29National Holiday
GrenadaMon, May 29National Holiday
GuadeloupeMon, May 29National Holiday
HungaryMon, May 29National Holiday
IcelandMon, May 29National Holiday
Ivory CoastMon, May 29National Holiday
LiechtensteinMon, May 29National Holiday
LuxembourgMon, May 29National Holiday
MadagascarMon, May 29National Holiday
MartiniqueMon, May 29National Holiday
MonacoMon, May 29National Holiday
MontserratMon, May 29National Holiday
NetherlandsMon, May 29National Holiday
New CaledoniaMon, May 29National Holiday
NorwayMon, May 29National Holiday
Saint Kitts and NevisMon, May 29National Holiday
Saint LuciaMon, May 29National Holiday
Saint MartinMon, May 29National Holiday
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesMon, May 29National Holiday
SenegalMon, May 29National Holiday
Solomon IslandsMon, May 29National Holiday
SpainMon, May 29Regional Holiday
Switzerland May 29
AargauMon, May 29Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenMon, May 29Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenMon, May 29Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftMon, May 29Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtMon, May 29Regional Holiday
BernMon, May 29Regional Holiday
FribourgMon, May 29Regional Holiday
GenevaMon, May 29Regional Holiday
GlarusMon, May 29Regional Holiday
GraubündenMon, May 29Regional Holiday
JuraMon, May 29Regional Holiday
LucerneMon, May 29Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelMon, May 29Regional Holiday
NidwaldenMon, May 29Regional Holiday
ObwaldenMon, May 29Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenMon, May 29Regional Holiday
SchwyzMon, May 29Regional Holiday
SolothurnMon, May 29Regional Holiday
St. GallenMon, May 29Regional Holiday
ThurgauMon, May 29Regional Holiday
TicinoMon, May 29Regional Holiday
UriMon, May 29Regional Holiday
VaudMon, May 29Regional Holiday
ZurichMon, May 29Regional Holiday
TogoMon, May 29National Holiday
Wallis and FutunaMon, May 29National Holiday
2022 Various Jun 6
AndorraMon, Jun 6National Holiday
AnguillaMon, Jun 6National Holiday
Antigua and BarbudaMon, Jun 6National Holiday
AustriaMon, Jun 6National Holiday
BahamasMon, Jun 6National Holiday
BarbadosMon, Jun 6National Holiday
BelgiumMon, Jun 6National Holiday
BeninMon, Jun 6National Holiday
British Virgin IslandsMon, Jun 6National Holiday
Central African RepublicMon, Jun 6National Holiday
CongoMon, Jun 6National Holiday
DenmarkMon, Jun 6National Holiday
DominicaMon, Jun 6National Holiday
Faroe IslandsMon, Jun 6National Holiday
FranceMon, Jun 6National Holiday
French GuianaMon, Jun 6National Holiday
French PolynesiaMon, Jun 6National Holiday
GabonMon, Jun 6National Holiday
GermanyMon, Jun 6National Holiday
GreenlandMon, Jun 6National Holiday
GrenadaMon, Jun 6National Holiday
GuadeloupeMon, Jun 6National Holiday
HungaryMon, Jun 6National Holiday
IcelandMon, Jun 6National Holiday
Ivory CoastMon, Jun 6National Holiday
LiechtensteinMon, Jun 6National Holiday
LuxembourgMon, Jun 6National Holiday
MadagascarMon, Jun 6National Holiday
MartiniqueMon, Jun 6National Holiday
MonacoMon, Jun 6National Holiday
MontserratMon, Jun 6National Holiday
NetherlandsMon, Jun 6National Holiday
New CaledoniaMon, Jun 6National Holiday
NorwayMon, Jun 6National Holiday
Saint BarthélemyMon, Jun 6National Holiday
Saint Kitts and NevisMon, Jun 6National Holiday
Saint LuciaMon, Jun 6National Holiday
Saint MartinMon, Jun 6National Holiday
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesMon, Jun 6National Holiday
SenegalMon, Jun 6National Holiday
Solomon IslandsMon, Jun 6National Holiday
SpainMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
Switzerland Jun 6
AargauMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
BernMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
FribourgMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
GenevaMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
GlarusMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
GraubündenMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
JuraMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
LucerneMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
NidwaldenMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
ObwaldenMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
SchwyzMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
SolothurnMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
St. GallenMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
ThurgauMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
TicinoMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
UriMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
VaudMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
ZurichMon, Jun 6Regional Holiday
TogoMon, Jun 6National Holiday
Wallis and FutunaMon, Jun 6National Holiday
2021 Various May 24
AndorraMon, May 24National Holiday
AnguillaMon, May 24National Holiday
Antigua and BarbudaMon, May 24National Holiday
AustriaMon, May 24National Holiday
BahamasMon, May 24National Holiday
BarbadosMon, May 24National Holiday
BelgiumMon, May 24National Holiday
BeninMon, May 24National Holiday
British Virgin IslandsMon, May 24National Holiday
Central African RepublicMon, May 24National Holiday
CongoMon, May 24National Holiday
DenmarkMon, May 24National Holiday
DominicaMon, May 24National Holiday
Faroe IslandsMon, May 24National Holiday
FranceMon, May 24National Holiday
French GuianaMon, May 24National Holiday
French PolynesiaMon, May 24National Holiday
GabonMon, May 24National Holiday
GermanyMon, May 24National Holiday
GreenlandMon, May 24National Holiday
GrenadaMon, May 24National Holiday
GuadeloupeMon, May 24National Holiday
HungaryMon, May 24National Holiday
IcelandMon, May 24National Holiday
Ivory CoastMon, May 24National Holiday
LiechtensteinMon, May 24National Holiday
LuxembourgMon, May 24National Holiday
MadagascarMon, May 24National Holiday
MartiniqueMon, May 24National Holiday
MonacoMon, May 24National Holiday
MontserratMon, May 24National Holiday
NetherlandsMon, May 24National Holiday
New CaledoniaMon, May 24National Holiday
NorwayMon, May 24National Holiday
Saint BarthélemyMon, May 24National Holiday
Saint Kitts and NevisMon, May 24National Holiday
Saint LuciaMon, May 24National Holiday
Saint MartinMon, May 24National Holiday
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesMon, May 24National Holiday
SenegalMon, May 24National Holiday
Solomon IslandsMon, May 24National Holiday
SpainMon, May 24Regional Holiday
Switzerland May 24
AargauMon, May 24Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenMon, May 24Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenMon, May 24Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftMon, May 24Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtMon, May 24Regional Holiday
BernMon, May 24Regional Holiday
FribourgMon, May 24Regional Holiday
GenevaMon, May 24Regional Holiday
GlarusMon, May 24Regional Holiday
GraubündenMon, May 24Regional Holiday
JuraMon, May 24Regional Holiday
LucerneMon, May 24Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelMon, May 24Regional Holiday
NidwaldenMon, May 24Regional Holiday
ObwaldenMon, May 24Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenMon, May 24Regional Holiday
SchwyzMon, May 24Regional Holiday
SolothurnMon, May 24Regional Holiday
St. GallenMon, May 24Regional Holiday
ThurgauMon, May 24Regional Holiday
TicinoMon, May 24Regional Holiday
UriMon, May 24Regional Holiday
VaudMon, May 24Regional Holiday
ZurichMon, May 24Regional Holiday
TogoMon, May 24National Holiday
Wallis and FutunaMon, May 24National Holiday
2020 Various Jun 1
AndorraMon, Jun 1National Holiday
AnguillaMon, Jun 1National Holiday
Antigua and BarbudaMon, Jun 1National Holiday
AustriaMon, Jun 1National Holiday
BahamasMon, Jun 1National Holiday
BarbadosMon, Jun 1National Holiday
BelgiumMon, Jun 1National Holiday
BeninMon, Jun 1National Holiday
British Virgin IslandsMon, Jun 1National Holiday
Central African RepublicMon, Jun 1National Holiday
CongoMon, Jun 1National Holiday
DenmarkMon, Jun 1National Holiday
DominicaMon, Jun 1National Holiday
Faroe IslandsMon, Jun 1National Holiday
FranceMon, Jun 1National Holiday
French GuianaMon, Jun 1National Holiday
French PolynesiaMon, Jun 1National Holiday
GabonMon, Jun 1National Holiday
GermanyMon, Jun 1National Holiday
GreenlandMon, Jun 1National Holiday
GrenadaMon, Jun 1National Holiday
GuadeloupeMon, Jun 1National Holiday
HungaryMon, Jun 1National Holiday
IcelandMon, Jun 1National Holiday
Ivory CoastMon, Jun 1National Holiday
LiechtensteinMon, Jun 1National Holiday
LuxembourgMon, Jun 1National Holiday
MadagascarMon, Jun 1National Holiday
MartiniqueMon, Jun 1National Holiday
MonacoMon, Jun 1National Holiday
MontserratMon, Jun 1National Holiday
NetherlandsMon, Jun 1National Holiday
New CaledoniaMon, Jun 1National Holiday
NorwayMon, Jun 1National Holiday
Saint BarthélemyMon, Jun 1National Holiday
Saint Kitts and NevisMon, Jun 1National Holiday
Saint LuciaMon, Jun 1National Holiday
Saint MartinMon, Jun 1National Holiday
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesMon, Jun 1National Holiday
SenegalMon, Jun 1National Holiday
Solomon IslandsMon, Jun 1National Holiday
SpainMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
Switzerland Jun 1
AargauMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
BernMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
FribourgMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
GenevaMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
GlarusMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
GraubündenMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
JuraMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
LucerneMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
NidwaldenMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
ObwaldenMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
SchwyzMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
SolothurnMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
St. GallenMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
ThurgauMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
TicinoMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
UriMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
VaudMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
ZurichMon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
TogoMon, Jun 1National Holiday
Wallis and FutunaMon, Jun 1National Holiday
2019 Various Jun 10
AndorraMon, Jun 10National Holiday
AnguillaMon, Jun 10National Holiday
Antigua and BarbudaMon, Jun 10National Holiday
AustriaMon, Jun 10National Holiday
BahamasMon, Jun 10National Holiday
BarbadosMon, Jun 10National Holiday
BelgiumMon, Jun 10National Holiday
BeninMon, Jun 10National Holiday
British Virgin IslandsMon, Jun 10National Holiday
Central African RepublicMon, Jun 10National Holiday
CongoMon, Jun 10National Holiday
DenmarkMon, Jun 10National Holiday
DominicaMon, Jun 10National Holiday
Faroe IslandsMon, Jun 10National Holiday
FranceMon, Jun 10National Holiday
French GuianaMon, Jun 10National Holiday
French PolynesiaMon, Jun 10National Holiday
GabonMon, Jun 10National Holiday
GermanyMon, Jun 10National Holiday
GreenlandMon, Jun 10National Holiday
GrenadaMon, Jun 10National Holiday
GuadeloupeMon, Jun 10National Holiday
HungaryMon, Jun 10National Holiday
IcelandMon, Jun 10National Holiday
Ivory CoastMon, Jun 10National Holiday
LiechtensteinMon, Jun 10National Holiday
LuxembourgMon, Jun 10National Holiday
MadagascarMon, Jun 10National Holiday
MartiniqueMon, Jun 10National Holiday
MonacoMon, Jun 10National Holiday
MontserratMon, Jun 10National Holiday
NetherlandsMon, Jun 10National Holiday
New CaledoniaMon, Jun 10National Holiday
NorwayMon, Jun 10National Holiday
Saint Kitts and NevisMon, Jun 10National Holiday
Saint LuciaMon, Jun 10National Holiday
Saint MartinMon, Jun 10National Holiday
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesMon, Jun 10National Holiday
SenegalMon, Jun 10National Holiday
SpainMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
Switzerland Jun 10
AargauMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
BernMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
FribourgMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
GenevaMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
GlarusMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
GraubündenMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
JuraMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
LucerneMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
NidwaldenMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
ObwaldenMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
SchwyzMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
SolothurnMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
St. GallenMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
ThurgauMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
TicinoMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
UriMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
VaudMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
ZurichMon, Jun 10Regional Holiday
TogoMon, Jun 10National Holiday
  Summary

Commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit in the form of flames to the Apostles.

  Which countries observe Whit Monday in 2022?
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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, which 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.

Whit Week

Whitsunday and the weekdays after it used to be as prominent in the calendar as Easter or Christmas. The custom began in medieval times when the Lord of the Manor would give his serfs a week's rest. That practice took hold and persisted in parts of Europe right through the Industrial Revolution.

The Catholic Encyclopedia explains the history of this major feast in the Church’s calendar.

Formerly the law courts did not sit during the entire week, and servile work was forbidden. A Council of Constance (1094) limited this prohibition to the first three days of the week. The Sabbath rest of Tuesday was abolished in 1771, and in many missionary territories also that of Monday; the latter was abrogated for the entire Church by Pius X in 1911. Still, as at Easter, the liturgical rank of Monday and Tuesday of Pentecost week is a Double of the First Class.

In England, a holiday at the time of Whitsun was readily adopted, as it had long been observed as Beltane, the beginning of summer; one of the ancient, quarterly, Gaelic festivals which marked the year, roughly aligned with the beginning of the four seasons.

Beltane was a time when cattle were driven out to pasture. The advent of warmer weather inspired bonfires, feasts and a variety of games and contests to greet the forthcoming summer days. These activities were absorbed into Pentecost as each country adopted Christianity.

As the first holiday of the summer, Whit Week was filled with outdoor activities. There were boat races, foot races, wrestling and boxing matches, pageants, fairs, walks, special songs, and Morris dances across the British Isles. There were parades that remained annual events in places like Manchester into modern times. 

While Whitsuntide first had been a pause in agricultural activity, the industrial era also adapted to the custom. Factories were closed during the week for cleaning and commercial activity curtailed. Women, dressed in white, often went on shopping excursions as the men concentrated on games and drinking.

Every day of the week after Pentecost came to be called "Whit," and when Bank Holidays were introduced into the United Kingdom by the Bank Holiday Act of 1871, Whit Monday was one of the first British Bank Holidays, forming what was known as Whit Weekend, remaining so until it was replaced by the Spring bank holiday. For children, Whit Week was a week off school, and is the origin of what is now the UK half-term holiday. 

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.

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