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Whit Monday in Canada

Many Christians in Canada 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 is a popular symbol of the Holy Spirit.
The dove is a popular symbol of the Holy Spirit.
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What do people do?

Many Christians in Canada 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 that observe Whit Monday may include evening services and bible group meetings. Sunday schools may also have special lessons that teach children about the origins and the meaning of Whit Monday and Pentecost. Many churches acknowledge Whit Monday as part of Whitsun Week, or Whitsuntide, which includes Whit Sunday, or Pentecost.

Public life

Whit Monday is not a federal public holiday in Canada so most aspects of public life do not differ to any other Monday.


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.

In some Orthodox churches, Whit Monday is observed after the date set by the western churches. 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

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Whit Monday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
MonJun 41990Whit MondayChristian 
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Quick Facts

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

Whit Monday 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

Whit Monday 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016


Name in other languages

Whit MondayEnglish
Le lundi de PentecôteFrench

Alternative name

Pentecost Monday
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