Whit Monday in the United States
Many Christians in the United States will observe Whit Monday, or Pentecost Monday. It is the day after Pentecost, also known as Whit Sunday or Whitsunday, which commemorates the Holy Ghost's descent on Jesus Christ's disciples, according to the New Testament of the Bible.
What Do People Do?
Some churches in the United States organize Whit Monday prayer rallies, which include prayers and street marches. Many churches acknowledge Whit Monday as part of Whitsun Week, or Whitsuntide, which includes Whit Sunday, or Pentecost.
Whit Monday is not a federal public holiday in the United States.
Christian Pentecost commemorates the Holy Spirit’s visit to the apostles who received the “gift of tongues” on the 50th day after Easter. It also marks the birth of the Christian Church. Although it is not certain when Pentecost was first observed by Christians, it may have been early as the first century. Pentecost occurs roughly seven weeks after Easter Sunday, or 50 days after Easter, including Easter Day. Like Pentecost, Whit Monday is movable because it is determined by the Easter date. The Easter date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox.
Whit Monday used to be one of the major annual holidays in Pennsylvania Dutch country in the United States. From around 1835 to just after the Civil War, Whit Monday was referred to as the “Dutch Fourth of July” in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where people came to eat, drink and be entertained.
In some Orthodox churches, Whit Monday is observed after the date set by the western churches. This is because some Orthodox churches still observe holidays according to the Julian calendar, which preceded the Gregorian calendar adopted by many western churches.
Whit Monday gets its English name from Whitsunday, or Whit Sunday, which referred to the white garments worn on Pentecost by the newly baptized. The symbols of Pentecost are those of the Holy Spirit and include flames, wind, and a dove.
About Whit Monday in other countriesRead more about Whit Monday.
Whit Monday Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Mon||May 24||2010||Whit Monday||Christian|
|Mon||Jun 13||2011||Whit Monday||Christian|
|Mon||May 28||2012||Whit Monday||Christian|
|Mon||May 20||2013||Whit Monday||Christian|
|Mon||Jun 9||2014||Whit Monday||Christian|
|Mon||May 25||2015||Whit Monday||Christian|
|Mon||May 16||2016||Whit Monday||Christian|
|Mon||Jun 5||2017||Whit Monday||Christian|
|Mon||May 21||2018||Whit Monday||Christian|
|Mon||Jun 10||2019||Whit Monday||Christian|
|Mon||Jun 1||2020||Whit Monday||Christian|
Quick FactsMany Christians in the United States will observe Whit Monday, or Pentecost Monday. It is the day after Pentecost, which is also known as Whit Sunday or Whitsunday.
Whit Monday 2016Monday, May 16, 2016
Whit Monday 2017Monday, June 5, 2017
Name in other languages
|Lunes de Pentecostés||Spanish|
|חג השבועות יום שני||Hebrew|
|عيد العنصرة الأثنين||Arabic|
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