Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday is a Christian feast celebrated one day after Pentecost. The name Whit Monday refers to the day after Whitsun which is originated from the name “Whit Sunday”. The observance date of Whit Monday keeps changing from year to year because it is calculated based on the date of Easter – a movable Christian feast in Gregorian calendar.
When is Whit Monday 2014?
Whit Monday 2014 falls on Monday, 9 June 2014.
Whit Monday Observance
Whit Monday is observed in the United Kingdom, United States, Austria, France, Germany, and many other European nations. In some countries, Whit Monday is celebrated as a public holiday in which most businesses, schools, and government offices are closed. Meanwhile, some other countries including Ireland, United Kingdom, and certain British colonies once observed Whit Monday as a public holiday, but then ceased or replaced Whit Monday holiday with another holiday.
Whit Monday in France
The government of France restored Whit Monday as a public holiday in France after being ceased from 2004 until 2007. The restoration of Whit Monday as a national holiday due to the fact that many people did not go to work during Whit Monday in 2005 even though the government had ceased Whit Monday holiday in 2004. To avoid more halt in public transportation and businesses during Whit Monday, the government acknowledged Whit Monday as France’s national holiday in 2008.
People in France enjoy their day off during Whit Monday. They use the day to get relax while gather with family and close friends. Some others prefers take a trip inside France or attend sporting and cultural events held in several towns and villages in France.
Whit Monday in Germany
In Germany, Whit Monday is known as the second day of Pentecost. It is a public holiday in Germany, so most businesses, government offices, banks and schools are closed. Yet, some shopping spots, restaurants, and hotels remain open. People in some areas of Germany believe that the night between Pentecost and Pentecost Monday is the time when evil spirits become active that they might steal any unlock property. In these areas, certain people pretend to be the evils and move any properties around them.
Whit Monday in UK
People in some countries celebrate Whit Monday by doing church services in the evening or attending bible group meetings. Whit Monday was once a bank holiday in UK before being replaced with the Spring Bank Holiday observed on the last Monday of May every year.