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Whit Sunday in Norway

Pentecost or Whit Sunday is a public holiday in Norway. This Christian holiday commemorates the belief that the Holy Ghost descended upon the disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Whit Sunday is on the 50th day after Easter Sunday, and it marks the birth of the Christian church.

Shops Are Mainly Closed

As Whit Sunday is always on a Sunday, opening hours are already restricted and there is little difference from any other Sunday. Schools, businesses, and shops in Norway are closed on Pentecost, except for certain small convenient stores and garden centers.

The day after, Whit Monday is also a public holiday, and the Pentecost weekend is a long weekend in late spring or early summer. It is popular for Norwegians to travel or spend the weekend outdoors or in the garden. However, using motorized lawn mowers or power tools is prohibited.

The day before is Pentecost Eve, and even though it is not a public holiday, there are some restrictions on opening hours.

Norwegian TV- and radio stations do not air commercials this Sunday. Instead, they air info slots from to NGOs and non-profit volunteer organizations etc.

About Whit Sunday in other countries

Read more about Whit Sunday.

Whit Sunday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
SunMay 232010Whit SundayNational holiday, Flag day
SunJun 122011Whit SundayNational holiday, Flag day
SunMay 272012Whit SundayNational holiday, Flag day
SunMay 192013Whit SundayNational holiday, Flag day
SunJun 82014Whit SundayNational holiday, Flag day
SunMay 242015Whit SundayNational holiday, Flag day
SunMay 152016Whit SundayNational holiday, Flag day
SunJun 42017Whit SundayNational holiday, Flag day
SunMay 202018Whit SundayNational holiday, Flag day
SunJun 92019Whit SundayNational holiday, Flag day
SunMay 312020Whit SundayNational holiday, Flag day

Quick Facts

Whit Sunday or Pentecost is a public holiday in Norway.

Whit Sunday 2018

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Whit Sunday 2019

Sunday, June 9, 2019

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Første pinsedagNorwegian
Første pinsedagNorwegian (nynorsk)
Whit SundayEnglish
PfingstsonntagGerman

Alternative names

NameLanguage
Fyrste pinsedagNorwegian (nynorsk)
Pentecost SundayEnglish

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in May 2019 in Norway

World Holiday on May 20, 2019

Fun Holiday on May 20, 2019

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