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.
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 countriesRead more about Whit Sunday.
Whit Sunday Observances
|Sun||May 23||2010||Whit Sunday||National holiday, Flag day|
|Sun||Jun 12||2011||Whit Sunday||National holiday, Flag day|
|Sun||May 27||2012||Whit Sunday||National holiday, Flag day|
|Sun||May 19||2013||Whit Sunday||National holiday, Flag day|
|Sun||Jun 8||2014||Whit Sunday||National holiday, Flag day|
|Sun||May 24||2015||Whit Sunday||National holiday, Flag day|
|Sun||May 15||2016||Whit Sunday||National holiday, Flag day|
|Sun||Jun 4||2017||Whit Sunday||National holiday, Flag day|
|Sun||May 20||2018||Whit Sunday||National holiday, Flag day|
|Sun||Jun 9||2019||Whit Sunday||National holiday, Flag day|
|Sun||May 31||2020||Whit Sunday||National holiday, Flag day|
Quick FactsWhit Sunday or Pentecost is a public holiday in Norway.
Whit Sunday 2018Sunday, May 20, 2018
Whit Sunday 2019Sunday, June 9, 2019
Name in other languages
|Første pinsedag||Norwegian (nynorsk)|
|Fyrste pinsedag||Norwegian (nynorsk)|
Other holidays in May 2018 in Norway
- Labor day – Tuesday, May 1, 2018
- Day of liberation – Tuesday, May 8, 2018
- Ascension Day – Thursday, May 10, 2018
- 17 May Constitution Day (1814) – Thursday, May 17, 2018
- Pentecost Eve – Saturday, May 19, 2018
- Whit Monday – Monday, May 21, 2018