Whit Sunday in France
Many Christians in France mark the Holy Spirit's descent onto Jesus' followers on Pentecost Sunday (Pentecôte). People may attend special church services or spend the day with family or friends.
What do people do?
Many Christians in France attend a special church service on Pentecost Sunday to celebrate the Holy Spirit's descent on Jesus Christ's followers. People blow trumpets during the service in some churches. The sound reminds them of the mighty wind that blew when the Holy Spirit descended onto Jesus' followers. People are baptized or re-baptized on Pentecost Sunday in other churches.
Other people spend Pentecost Sunday in a similar way to other Sundays. They may stay at home, take a walk in a park or the countryside or eat a meal of veal with family members or friends. Many people eat a picnic lunch outdoors. Pentecost Monday, which is the day after Pentecost Sunday, is a public holiday so some people take a short vacation over the long Pentecost weekend, perhaps to visit the family gîte (small house in the countryside).
Public life is generally very quiet, as on other Sundays, on Pentecost Sunday. Post offices, banks, stores and other businesses are closed. Outside of tourist areas, restaurants and cafes may be closed. However, some stores in Paris, as well as at airports and railway stations and along major highways, may be open. Public transport service schedules vary depending on where one lives and intends to travel.
Museums that are normally open on Sunday may be closed while others may remain open. Churches may be closed for visitors who do not wish to take part in the services and guided tours may not be available.
About Whit Sunday in other countriesRead more about Whit Sunday.
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Quick FactsPentecost Sunday is 50 days after Easter Sunday. It marks the Holy Spirit's descent onto Jesus' followers, according to Christian belief.
Whit Sunday 2015Sunday, May 24, 2015
Whit Sunday 2016Sunday, May 15, 2016
Name in other languages
Alternative namePentecost Sunday
List of dates for other years
- Whit Monday – Monday, May 25, 2015
Other holidays in May 2016 in France
- Labor Day / May Day – Sunday, May 1, 2016
- Ascension Day – Thursday, May 5, 2016
- WWII Victory Day – Sunday, May 8, 2016
- Whit Monday – Monday, May 16, 2016
- Mother's Day – Sunday, May 29, 2016