Orthodox Pentecost Monday in Romania
Whit Monday and Whit Sunday (Rusalii or Rusaliile), also called Pentecost, are public holidays in Romania to celebrate the Christian belief of the Holy Spirit’s descent on Jesus Christ’s disciples.
What Do People Do?
Many Romanians have the day off work and school on Whit Monday. Many people can see the Căluşarii’s dance, which is a healing and protection ritual against mythical creatures, around the time of Whit Sunday. Many churches hold special services to celebrate Pentecost.
Whit Monday is a national public holiday in Romania so banks, public offices, and many private businesses are closed. People intending to travel via public transport during public holidays must check with the public transit authorities on any changes to time schedules.
Whit Sunday and Whit Monday are on the 50th and 51st days after the Orthodox Easter Sunday date in Romania. Pentecost in Romania is set in accordance with the Orthodox Christian Church’s calendar. Many Orthodox churches base their Easter date on the Julian calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar used in many western countries. Whit Sunday, or Whitsunday, is celebrated among many Christians worldwide.
The symbols of Pentecost are those of the Holy Spirit and include flames, wind, the breath of God and a dove. Pentecost also symbolizes the beginning of the Christian Church. However, there are some traditions that are associated with myth in Romania. For example, The Căluşarii’s dance serves as a symbol of protection from fairies.
Orthodox Pentecost Monday Observances
|Mon||May 24||2010||Orthodox Pentecost Monday||National holiday, Orthodox|
|Mon||Jun 13||2011||Orthodox Pentecost Monday||National holiday, Orthodox|
|Mon||Jun 4||2012||Orthodox Pentecost Monday||National holiday, Orthodox|
|Mon||Jun 24||2013||Orthodox Pentecost Monday||National holiday, Orthodox|
|Mon||Jun 9||2014||Orthodox Pentecost Monday||National holiday, Orthodox|
|Mon||Jun 1||2015||Orthodox Pentecost Monday||National holiday, Orthodox|
|Mon||Jun 20||2016||Orthodox Pentecost Monday||National holiday, Orthodox|
|Mon||Jun 5||2017||Orthodox Pentecost Monday||National holiday, Orthodox|
|Mon||May 28||2018||Orthodox Pentecost Monday||National holiday, Orthodox|
|Mon||Jun 17||2019||Orthodox Pentecost Monday||National holiday, Orthodox|
|Mon||Jun 8||2020||Orthodox Pentecost Monday||National holiday, Orthodox|
Quick FactsMany Christians celebrate the Whit Monday (Rusalii or Rusaliile) public holiday in Romania.
Orthodox Pentecost Monday 2018Monday, May 28, 2018
Orthodox Pentecost Monday 2019Monday, June 17, 2019
Name in other languages
|Doua zi de Rusalii||Romanian|
|Orthodox Pentecost Monday||English|
Alternative nameOrthodox Pentecost Monday
- Orthodox Pentecost – Sunday, May 27, 2018
Other holidays in May 2019 in Romania
- Labor Day / May Day – Wednesday, May 1, 2019
- Mother's Day – Sunday, May 5, 2019
- Father's Day – Sunday, May 12, 2019