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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.

Is Whit Sunday a Public Holiday?

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

In 2019 it falls on a Sunday. Due to this, some businesses may choose to follow Sunday opening hours.

Glass painting from a church depicting a dove descending into the Virgin Mary's hands.

This glass painting portrays the holy spirit as a dove.

©thinkstockphoto.com/Jorisvo

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015SunMay 24Whit SundayNational holiday, Flag day
2016SunMay 15Whit SundayNational holiday, Flag day
2017SunJun 4Whit SundayNational holiday, Flag day
2018SunMay 20Whit SundayNational holiday, Flag day
2019SunJun 9Whit SundayNational holiday, Flag day
2020SunMay 31Whit SundayNational holiday, Flag day
2021SunMay 23Whit SundayNational holiday, Flag day
2022SunJun 5Whit SundayNational holiday, Flag day
2023SunMay 28Whit SundayNational holiday, Flag day
2024SunMay 19Whit SundayNational holiday, Flag day
2025SunJun 8Whit SundayNational holiday, Flag day

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