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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.

Dove in the sky
The dove represents the Holy Spirit, according to Christian belief.
The dove represents the Holy Spirit, according to Christian belief.
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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
SunMay 232010Orthodox PentecostNational holiday, Orthodox
SunJun 122011Orthodox PentecostNational holiday, Orthodox
SunJun 32012Orthodox PentecostNational holiday, Orthodox
SunJun 232013Orthodox PentecostNational holiday, Orthodox
SunJun 82014Orthodox PentecostNational holiday, Orthodox
SunMay 312015Orthodox PentecostNational holiday, Orthodox
SunJun 192016Orthodox PentecostNational holiday, Orthodox
SunJun 42017Orthodox PentecostNational holiday, Orthodox
SunMay 272018Orthodox PentecostNational holiday, Orthodox
SunJun 162019Orthodox PentecostNational holiday, Orthodox
SunJun 72020Orthodox PentecostNational holiday, Orthodox

Quick Facts

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

Orthodox Pentecost 2016

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Orthodox Pentecost 2017

Sunday, June 4, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
ТроицаRussian
ТрійцяUkrainian
Orthodox PentecostEnglish
TrinitatisGerman

Alternative name

Orthodox Whitsunday

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in June 2016 in Ukraine

Fun Holiday on June 19, 2016

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