Orthodox Pentecost in Romania
Pentecost (Rusalii or Rusaliile), also called Whit Sunday and Whit Monday, are public holidays in Romania to celebrate the Christian belief of the Holy Ghost’s descent upon Jesus Christ’s disciples.
What do people do?
Many Romanians have the day off work and school on Pentecost and 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.
Pentecost 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. Whit Sunday also symbolizes the beginning of the Christian Church. However, there are some traditions that are associated with myth. For example, The Căluşarii’s dance serves as a symbol of protection from fairies.
Orthodox Pentecost Observances
|Sun||May 23||2010||Orthodox Pentecost||National holiday, Orthodox|
|Sun||Jun 12||2011||Orthodox Pentecost||National holiday, Orthodox|
|Sun||Jun 3||2012||Orthodox Pentecost||National holiday, Orthodox|
|Sun||Jun 23||2013||Orthodox Pentecost||National holiday, Orthodox|
|Sun||Jun 8||2014||Orthodox Pentecost||National holiday, Orthodox|
|Sun||May 31||2015||Orthodox Pentecost||National holiday, Orthodox|
|Sun||Jun 19||2016||Orthodox Pentecost||National holiday, Orthodox|
|Sun||Jun 4||2017||Orthodox Pentecost||National holiday, Orthodox|
|Sun||May 27||2018||Orthodox Pentecost||National holiday, Orthodox|
|Sun||Jun 16||2019||Orthodox Pentecost||National holiday, Orthodox|
|Sun||Jun 7||2020||Orthodox Pentecost||National holiday, Orthodox|
Quick FactsMany Christians in Romania celebrate the Pentecost (Rusalii or Rusaliile) public holiday, also known as Whitsunday or Whit Sunday.
Orthodox Pentecost 2015Sunday, May 31, 2015
Orthodox Pentecost 2016Sunday, June 19, 2016
Name in other languages
Alternative nameOrthodox Whitsunday
- Orthodox Pentecost Monday – Monday, June 1, 2015
Other holidays in May 2016 in Romania
- Labor Day / May Day – Sunday, May 1, 2016
- Orthodox Easter Monday – Monday, May 2, 2016
- Father's Day – Sunday, May 8, 2016