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Whit Sunday in Poland

Whit Sunday, or Pentecost, is a Christian holiday to remember the Holy Spirit’s descent (Zeslanie Ducha Swietego) upon Jesus’ disciples. It is a national holiday in Poland seven weeks after Easter Sunday.

Jesus' apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, according to the New Testament in the Bible.
Jesus' apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, according to the New Testament in the Bible.

What do people do?

Many churches in Poland open their doors for special services on Whit Sunday. Some people decorate their homes with greenery, especially branches with green leaves, hoping that God’s blessings will come to their families and homes.

Public life

Whitsunday is an official public holiday in Poland, so schools, banks, government offices and most private businesses are closed. There is a trade prohibition on public holidays in Poland. People intending to travel via public transport during public holidays must check with the public transit authorities on any changes to time schedules.


Whitsunday/Whit Sunday, or Pentecost, does not fall on the same calendar date each year but is set seven weeks after Easter Sunday. According to the New Testament in the Bible, the apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to “speak in other tongues” on the day of Pentecost. Whit Sunday is also celebrated in many other countries in the world.


Pentecost is also referred to as the “Green Holiday”, as some houses in Poland are decorated with green branches to symbolize God’s blessing on these homes. Another symbolic tradition, which is becoming less common, is a procession to fields to bless crops.

About Whit Sunday in other countries

Read more about Whit Sunday.

Whit Sunday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
SunMay 232010Whit SundayNational holiday
SunJun 122011Whit SundayNational holiday
SunMay 272012Whit SundayNational holiday
SunMay 192013Whit SundayNational holiday
SunJun 82014Whit SundayNational holiday
SunMay 242015Whit SundayNational holiday
SunMay 152016Whit SundayNational holiday
SunJun 42017Whit SundayNational holiday
SunMay 202018Whit SundayNational holiday
SunJun 92019Whit SundayNational holiday
SunMay 312020Whit SundayNational holiday

Quick Facts

Whit Sunday, also known as Pentecost or the Descent of the Holy Spirit (Zeslanie Ducha Swietego) is an annual public holiday in Poland 7 weeks after Easter Sunday.

Whit Sunday 2015

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Whit Sunday 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016


Name in other languages

Zielone ŚwiątkiPolish
Whit SundayEnglish

Alternative name

Pentecost Sunday

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in May 2016 in Poland

Fun Holiday on May 24, 2016

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