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Orthodox Pentecost in Ukraine

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.

The dove represents the Holy Spirit, according to Christian belief.

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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.

Public Life

Triytsya is a public holiday in Ukraine so many businesses, as well as government offices and educational institutions, are closed.

Background

The date of the Feast of Triytsya in Ukraine 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. Whitsunday, or Whit Sunday, is celebrated among many Christians worldwide.

Symbols

The symbols of Pentecost are those of the Holy Spirit and include flames, wind, the breath of God and a dove.

Orthodox Pentecost Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2017SunJun 4Orthodox PentecostNational holiday, Orthodox
2018SunMay 27Orthodox PentecostNational holiday, Orthodox
2019SunJun 16Orthodox PentecostNational holiday, Orthodox
2020SunJun 7Orthodox PentecostNational holiday, Orthodox
2021SunJun 20Orthodox PentecostNational holiday, Orthodox
2022SunJun 12Orthodox Pentecost (Suspended)Suspended National Holiday
2023SunJun 4Orthodox Pentecost (Suspended)Suspended National Holiday
2024SunJun 23Orthodox Pentecost (Suspended)Suspended National Holiday
2025SunJun 8Orthodox Pentecost (Suspended)Suspended National Holiday
2026SunMay 31Orthodox Pentecost (Suspended)Suspended National Holiday
2027SunJun 20Orthodox Pentecost (Suspended)Suspended National Holiday

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