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Pentecost Eve in Norway

Although it is not a public holiday in Norway, shops, including grocery stores, close earlier than normal on Pentecost Eve, which always falls on a Saturday.

Vestpollen chapel by the sea in Lofoten, Norway.
Vestpollen chapel in Lofoten, Norway.
Pentecost is considered the birth of the Christian church.

Alcohol sales used to be banned, but are now only somewhat restricted in shops due to the early closing time. Restaurants and bars are open as usual.

Pentecost Eve is the Day before Pentecost or Whit Sunday, exactly 50 days after Easter Sunday, and it marks the birth of the Christian church.

In Norway, Whit Monday is also a public holiday, creating a long weekend in late spring or early summer.

Pentecost Eve Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
SatMay 222010Pentecost EveObservance
SatJun 112011Pentecost EveObservance
SatMay 262012Pentecost EveObservance
SatMay 182013Pentecost EveObservance
SatJun 72014Pentecost EveObservance
SatMay 232015Pentecost EveObservance
SatMay 142016Pentecost EveObservance
SatJun 32017Pentecost EveObservance
SatMay 192018Pentecost EveObservance
SatJun 82019Pentecost EveObservance
SatMay 302020Pentecost EveObservance

Quick Facts

Pentecost Eve is not a public holiday in Norway, but shops close earlier than normal.

Pentecost Eve 2018

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Pentecost Eve 2019

Saturday, June 8, 2019


Name in other languages

PinseaftenNorwegian (nynorsk)
Pentecost EveEnglish

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in May 2018 in Norway

Fun Holiday on May 19, 2018

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