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Orthodox Pentecost Monday in Romania

Whit Monday and Whit Sunday (Rusalii or Rusaliile), also called Pentecost, are public holidays in Romania to celebrate the Christian belief of the Holy Spirit’s descent on Jesus Christ’s disciples.

Dove in the sky
The dove is a symbolic representation of the Holy Spirit, who visited Jesus' disciples according to Christian belief.
The dove is a symbolic representation of the Holy Spirit, who visited Jesus' disciples according to Christian belief.
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What do people do?

Many Romanians have the day off work and school on Whit Monday. Many people can see the Căluşarii’s dance, which is a healing and protection ritual against mythical creatures, around the time of Whit Sunday. Many churches hold special services to celebrate Pentecost.

Public life

Whit Monday is a national public holiday in Romania so banks, public offices, and many private businesses are closed. People intending to travel via public transport during public holidays must check with the public transit authorities on any changes to time schedules.


Whit Sunday and Whit Monday are on the 50th and 51st days after the Orthodox Easter Sunday date in Romania. Pentecost in Romania is set in accordance with the Orthodox Christian Church’s calendar. Many Orthodox churches base their Easter date on the Julian calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar used in many western countries. Whit Sunday, or Whitsunday, is celebrated among many Christians worldwide.


The symbols of Pentecost are those of the Holy Spirit and include flames, wind, the breath of God and a dove. Pentecost also symbolizes the beginning of the Christian Church. However, there are some traditions that are associated with myth in Romania. For example, The Căluşarii’s dance serves as a symbol of protection from fairies.

Orthodox Pentecost Monday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
MonMay 242010Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 132011Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 42012Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 242013Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 92014Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 12015Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 202016Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 52017Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonMay 282018Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 172019Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 82020Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday

Quick Facts

Many Christians celebrate the Whit Monday (Rusalii or Rusaliile) public holiday in Romania.

Orthodox Pentecost Monday 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015

Orthodox Pentecost Monday 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016


Name in other languages

Doua zi de RusaliiRomanian
Orthodox Pentecost MondayEnglish
Orthodoxer PfingstmontagGerman

Alternative name

Orthodox Pentecost Monday

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