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Orthodox Pentecost in Ukraine

Quick Facts

Holy Trinity Day, or Triytsya in Ukrainian, is celebrated widely in Ukraine and is a day off work for Ukrainians.

Local names

NameLanguage
ТроицаRussian
ТрійцяUkrainian
Orthodox PentecostEnglish
TrinitatisGerman

Alternative name

Orthodox Whitsunday

Orthodox Pentecost 2014

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Orthodox Pentecost 2015

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

The Feast of Triytsya (Trinity Sunday) celebrates the Christian belief of Holy Spirit’s descent on the apostles. In Ukrainian it is also known as Pyatydesyatnytsya and in English it is known as Whitsunday, or Pentecost.

Dove in the sky

The dove represents the Holy Spirit, according to Christian belief.

©iStockphoto.com/ong kok keat

What do people do?

Many churches in Ukraine are busy with special services on Triytsya. It is also known as “Green Sunday” and some people decorate their homes with Calamus (type of herb) and branches. Some people leave food on graves when visiting cemeteries to honor dead relatives or friends. Various forms of public entertainment, including those with skomorokhs (clowns), take place on this day.

Public life

Triytsya is a public holiday in Ukraine so many businesses, as well as government offices and educational institutions, are closed.

Background

The date of the Feast of Triytsya in Ukraine 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. Whitsunday, or Whit Sunday, 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.

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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