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Pentecost in South Africa

Pentecost is a Christian holiday commemorating the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the disciples of Jesus Christ, according to the New Testament of the Bible. It is also known as Whitsunday, or Whit Sunday.

Is Pentecost a Public Holiday?

Pentecost is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, May 23, 2021 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in South Africa.

According to Christian texts, the Holy Spirit, often symbolized by a dove, descended on the apostles who received the gift of tongues. Pentecost celebrates this event.


About Pentecost

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Pentecost Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2016SunMay 15PentecostObservance
2017SunJun 4PentecostObservance
2018SunMay 20PentecostObservance
2019SunJun 9PentecostObservance
2020SunMay 31PentecostObservance
2021SunMay 23PentecostObservance
2022SunJun 5PentecostObservance
2023SunMay 28PentecostObservance
2024SunMay 19PentecostObservance
2025SunJun 8PentecostObservance
2026SunMay 24PentecostObservance

While we diligently research and update our holiday dates, some of the information in the table above may be preliminary. If you find an error, please let us know.