The Feast of Triytsya (Trinity Sunday) celebrates the Christian belief of Holy Spirit’s descent on the apostles. In Ukrainian it is also known as Pyatydesyatnytsya and in English it is known as Whitsunday, or Pentecost.
Is Orthodox Pentecost a Public Holiday?
Due to martial law in Ukraine, all national holidays have been suspended until further notice. While this holiday might be privately observed, government offices will remain open on this day.
What Do People Do?
Many churches in Ukraine are busy with special services on Triytsya. It is also known as “Green Sunday” and some people decorate their homes with Calamus (type of herb) and branches. Some people leave food on graves when visiting cemeteries to honor dead relatives or friends. Various forms of public entertainment, including those with skomorokhs (clowns), take place on this day.
Triytsya is a public holiday in Ukraine so many businesses, as well as government offices and educational institutions, are closed.