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Whit Monday in France

Quick Facts

Pentecost Monday is the day after Pentecost Sunday. It is a public holiday in France.

Local names

NameLanguage
Le lundi de PentecôteFrench
Whit MondayEnglish
PfingstmontagGerman

Alternative name

Pentecost Monday

Whit Monday 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

Whit Monday 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015
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Pentecost Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte) is the day after Pentecost Sunday in France.

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What do people do?

Many people spend Pentecost Monday quietly in the company of family or close friends. Many people also enjoy a picnic lunch in a park or the countryside. Local sporting or cultural events are held in some small towns and villages. 

Public life

Public life in France is quiet on Pentecost Monday. Post offices, banks, stores and other businesses are closed. Outside of tourist areas, restaurants and cafes may also be closed. However, bakeries and some stores in Paris, as well as at airports and railway stations and along major highways, are open.

Public transport service schedules vary depending on where one lives and intends to travel. Some villages and small towns hold sporting or cultural events that may cause some local disruption to traffic. Highways into major towns and cities may be very busy in the late afternoon and evening as people return from vacation.

Background

Pentecost Monday, or Whit Monday, is the day after Pentecost. Many Christians believe that on Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus Christ's disciples. Pentecost Monday was a public holiday in France until 2005 and again from 2008. The holiday was reintroduced after about 15,000 elderly people died in a heatwave in the summer of 2003. The French government made a commitment to financially support the elderly and people with disabilities by deciding that Pentecost Monday would no longer be a public holiday from 2005 onwards.

The public holiday was replaced with the Day of Solidarity. On this day people worked for no pay. Their wages were collected to assist the elderly and persons with disabilities. However, there were demonstrations and Pentecost Monday became a public holiday again in 2008. The French government introduced other fiscal measures to raise money to support the elderly and persons with disabilities.

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Whit Monday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
MonJun 41990Whit MondayNational holiday
MonMay 201991Whit MondayNational holiday
MonJun 81992Whit MondayNational holiday
MonMay 311993Whit MondayNational holiday
MonMay 231994Whit MondayNational holiday
MonJun 51995Whit MondayNational holiday
MonMay 271996Whit MondayNational holiday
MonMay 191997Whit MondayNational holiday
MonJun 11998Whit MondayNational holiday
MonMay 241999Whit MondayNational holiday
MonJun 122000Whit MondayNational holiday
MonJun 42001Whit MondayNational holiday
MonMay 202002Whit MondayNational holiday
MonJun 92003Whit MondayNational holiday
MonMay 312004Whit MondayNational holiday
MonMay 122008Whit MondayNational holiday
MonJun 12009Whit MondayNational holiday
MonMay 242010Whit MondayNational holiday
MonJun 132011Whit MondayNational holiday
MonMay 282012Whit MondayNational holiday
MonMay 202013Whit MondayNational holiday
MonJun 92014Whit MondayNational holiday
MonMay 252015Whit MondayNational holiday
MonMay 162016Whit MondayNational holiday
MonJun 52017Whit MondayNational holiday
MonMay 212018Whit MondayNational holiday
MonJun 102019Whit MondayNational holiday
MonJun 12020Whit MondayNational holiday

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