Whit Monday in Australia
Many Christians in Australia observe Whit Monday, also known as Pentecost Monday, on the day after Pentecost, which is also known as Whitsunday or Whit Sunday. This period commemorates the Holy Spirit's descent on Jesus Christ's disciples, as told in the Christian Bible.
What Do People Do?
Many Christians in Australia observe Whit Monday and Whit Sunday (or Pentecost) period by remembering the Holy Spirit's descent on Jesus' disciples and the events that followed, which are told in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.
Church events and activities that observe Whit Monday may include evening services, bible group meetings, and Sunday school lessons that focus on teaching children about the origins and the meaning of Whit Monday and Whit Sunday. Many churches in Australia acknowledge Whit Monday as part of Whitsun Week, or Whitsuntide, which includes Whit Sunday, or Pentecost.
Whit Monday is not a public holiday throughout Australia.
Christian Pentecost commemorates the Holy Spirit’s visit to the apostles who received the “gift of tongues” on the 50th day after Easter, according to Christian belief. Many Christians see this as the birth of the Christian Church. Although it is not certain when Pentecost was first observed by Christians, it may have been early as the first century. Pentecost occurs roughly seven weeks after Easter Sunday, or 50 days after Easter, including Easter Day. Like Pentecost, Whit Monday is movable because it is determined by the Easter date. The Easter date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox.
Many Orthodox Christian communities in Australia, particularly the Greek Orthodox churches, observe Whit Monday at a later date than the date observed by western churches in Australia. This is because some Orthodox churches still observe holidays according to the Julian calendar, which preceded the Gregorian calendar adopted by many western churches.
The symbols of the Pentecost period are those of the Holy Spirit and include flames, wind, and a dove.
About Whit Monday in other countriesRead more about Whit Monday.
Whit Monday Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday type||Where it is observed|
|Mon||May 24||2010||Whit Monday||Christian|
|Mon||Jun 13||2011||Whit Monday||Christian|
|Mon||May 28||2012||Whit Monday||Christian|
|Mon||May 20||2013||Whit Monday||Christian|
|Mon||Jun 9||2014||Whit Monday||Christian|
|Mon||May 25||2015||Whit Monday||Christian|
|Mon||May 16||2016||Whit Monday||Christian|
|Mon||Jun 5||2017||Whit Monday||Christian|
|Mon||May 21||2018||Whit Monday||Christian|
|Mon||Jun 10||2019||Whit Monday||Christian|
|Mon||Jun 1||2020||Whit Monday||Christian|
Quick FactsWhit Monday is a Christian observance also known as Pentecost Monday. It is the day after Pentecost, or Whitsunday.
Whit Monday 2015Monday, May 25, 2015
Whit Monday 2016Monday, May 16, 2016
Name in other languages
Alternative namePentecost Monday
- Pentecost – Sunday, May 24, 2015
Other holidays in May 2016 in Australia
- Orthodox Easter – Sunday, May 1, 2016
- Orthodox Easter Monday – Monday, May 2, 2016
- Yom HaShoah – Wednesday, May 4, 2016
- Ascension Day – Thursday, May 5, 2016
- Mother's Day – Sunday, May 8, 2016
- Yom HaAtzmaut – Thursday, May 12, 2016
- Pentecost – Sunday, May 15, 2016
- Trinity Sunday – Sunday, May 22, 2016
- Corpus Christi – Thursday, May 26, 2016