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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.

Holy Cross with Dove of Peace
The dove often symbolizes the Holy Spirit in Christianity.
The dove often symbolizes the Holy Spirit in Christianity.
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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.

Public Life

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 countries

Read more about Whit Monday.

Whit Monday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
MonMay 242010Whit MondayChristian 
MonJun 132011Whit MondayChristian 
MonMay 282012Whit MondayChristian 
MonMay 202013Whit MondayChristian 
MonJun 92014Whit MondayChristian 
MonMay 252015Whit MondayChristian 
MonMay 162016Whit MondayChristian 
MonJun 52017Whit MondayChristian 
MonMay 212018Whit MondayChristian 
MonJun 102019Whit MondayChristian 
MonJun 12020Whit MondayChristian 

Quick Facts

Whit Monday is a Christian observance also known as Pentecost Monday. It is the day after Pentecost, or Whitsunday.

Whit Monday 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

Whit Monday 2017

Monday, June 5, 2017


Name in other languages

Whit MondayEnglish

Alternative name

Pentecost Monday

List of dates for other years

Related holiday

Other holidays in May 2016 in Australia

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