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Whit Monday in France

Pentecost Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte) is the day after Pentecost Sunday in France.

Is Whit Monday a Public Holiday?

Whit Monday is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

White dove in the air
The dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit in Christianity.
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What Do People Do?

Many people spend Pentecost Monday quietly in the company of family or close friends. Many people also enjoy a picnic lunch in a park or the countryside. Local sporting or cultural events are held in some small towns and villages. 

Public Life

Solidarity Day is listed as a legal holiday, so government offices and many businesses are closed. However some businesses remain open on this day.

Public transport service schedules vary depending on where one lives and intends to travel. Some villages and small towns hold sporting or cultural events that may cause some local disruption to traffic. Highways into major towns and cities may be very busy in the late afternoon and evening as people return from vacation.

Background

Pentecost Monday, or Whit Monday, is the day after Pentecost. Many Christians believe that on Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus Christ's disciples. Pentecost Monday was a public holiday in France until 2005 and again from 2008. The holiday was reintroduced after about 15,000 elderly people died in a heatwave in the summer of 2003. The French government made a commitment to financially support the elderly and people with disabilities by deciding that Pentecost Monday would no longer be a public holiday from 2005 onwards.

The public holiday was replaced with the Day of Solidarity. On this day people worked for no pay. Their wages were collected to assist the elderly and persons with disabilities. However, there were demonstrations and Pentecost Monday became a public holiday again in 2008. The French government introduced other fiscal measures to raise money to support the elderly and persons with disabilities.

About Whit Monday in other countries

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Whit Monday Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2010MonMay 24Whit MondayNational holiday
2011MonJun 13Whit MondayNational holiday
2012MonMay 28Whit MondayNational holiday
2013MonMay 20Whit MondayNational holiday
2014MonJun 9Whit MondayNational holiday
2015MonMay 25Whit MondayNational holiday
2016MonMay 16Whit MondayNational holiday
2017MonJun 5Whit MondayNational holiday
2018MonMay 21Whit MondayNational holiday
2019MonJun 10Whit MondayNational holiday
2020MonJun 1Whit MondayNational holiday

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