Orthodox Pentecost in Ukraine
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.
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.
Triytsya is a public holiday in Ukraine so many businesses, as well as government offices and educational institutions, are closed.
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.
The symbols of Pentecost are those of the Holy Spirit and include flames, wind, the breath of God and a dove.
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 FactsHoly Trinity Day, or Triytsya in Ukrainian, is celebrated widely in Ukraine and is a day off work for Ukrainians.
Orthodox Pentecost 2015Sunday, May 31, 2015
Orthodox Pentecost 2016Sunday, June 19, 2016
Name in other languages
Alternative nameOrthodox Whitsunday
Other holidays in May 2016 in Ukraine
- Orthodox Easter Day – Sunday, May 1, 2016
- Orthodox Easter Day holiday – Monday, May 2, 2016
- Labor Day Holiday – Tuesday, May 3, 2016
- Mother's Day – Sunday, May 8, 2016
- Victory Day / Memorial Day – Monday, May 9, 2016
- Europe Day – Saturday, May 21, 2016
- Cultural Workers and Folk Artists Day – Sunday, May 22, 2016
- Kiev Day – Sunday, May 29, 2016