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Orthodox Pentecost in Romania

Quick Facts

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

Local names

NameLanguage
RusaliiRomanian
Orthodox PentecostEnglish
Orthodoxer PfingstsonntagGerman

Alternative name

Orthodox Whitsunday

Orthodox Pentecost 2014

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Orthodox Pentecost 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015
List of dates for other years

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.

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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.

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. 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
SunJun 31990Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunMay 261991Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 141992Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 61993Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 191994Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 111995Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 21996Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 151997Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 71998Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunMay 301999Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 182000Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 32001Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 232002Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 152003Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunMay 302004Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 192005Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 112006Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunMay 272007Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 152008Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
SunJun 72009Orthodox PentecostNational holiday
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

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