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Orthodox Pentecost Monday in Romania

Quick Facts

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

Local names

NameLanguage
Doua zi de RusaliiRomanian
Orthodox Pentecost MondayEnglish
Orthodoxer PfingstmontagGerman

Alternative name

Orthodox Pentecost Monday

Orthodox Pentecost Monday 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

Orthodox Pentecost Monday 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015
List of dates for other years

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.

©iStockphoto.com/ong kok keat

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.

Background

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.

Symbols

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
MonJun 41990Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonMay 271991Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 151992Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 71993Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 201994Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 121995Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 31996Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 161997Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 81998Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonMay 311999Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 192000Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 42001Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 242002Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 162003Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonMay 312004Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 202005Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 122006Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonMay 282007Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 162008Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
MonJun 82009Orthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday
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

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