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Whit Saturday in Norway

Although it is not a public holiday in Norway, shops, including grocery stores, close earlier than normal on Whit Saturday, also known as Pentecost Eve.

Is Whit Saturday a Public Holiday?

This is not a public holiday but a so-called "half day" holiday. Public offices, businesses and shops are likely to have reduced opening hours.

Vestpollen chapel by the sea in Lofoten, Norway.

Vestpollen chapel in Lofoten, Norway.

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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.

Whit Saturday 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.

Whit Saturday Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2016SatMay 14Whit SaturdayObservance
2017SatJun 3Whit SaturdayObservance
2018SatMay 19Whit SaturdayObservance
2019SatJun 8Whit SaturdayObservance
2020SatMay 30Whit SaturdayObservance
2021SatMay 22Whit SaturdayObservance
2022SatJun 4Whit SaturdayObservance
2023SatMay 27Whit SaturdayObservance
2024SatMay 18Whit SaturdayObservance
2025SatJun 7Whit SaturdayObservance
2026SatMay 23Whit SaturdayObservance

While we diligently research and update our holiday dates, some of the information in the table above may be preliminary. If you find an error, please let us know.