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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.

It is believed that God's spirit descended on Jesus' disciples on Pentecost.
It is believed that God's spirit descended on Jesus' disciples on Pentecost.

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.

Public life

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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
SunMay 232010Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 122011Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 32012Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 232013Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 82014Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunMay 312015Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 192016Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 42017Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunMay 272018Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 162019Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 72020Orthodox PentecostNational holiday

Quick Facts

Many Christians in Romania celebrate the Pentecost (Rusalii or Rusaliile) public holiday, also known as Whitsunday or Whit Sunday.

Orthodox Pentecost 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Orthodox Pentecost 2016

Sunday, June 19, 2016


Name in other languages

Orthodox PentecostEnglish
Orthodoxer PfingstsonntagGerman

Alternative name

Orthodox Whitsunday

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