Pentecost falls this Sunday, May 28, and continues with a public holiday, Whit Monday. What exactly are we celebrating this weekend?
Every year the Pentecost just takes place after Ascension weekend. More than just a party, for families, it is above all a long weekend that is looming, because Whit Monday is a public holiday. What does Pentecost represent in France? Origin, meaning and history of this Christian holiday.
What is the date of Pentecost in 2023?
The date of Pentecost always falls on a Sunday.specifically the seventh Sunday after Easter. This year, it’s Sunday, May 28, 2023. The next day is Whit Monday which is dated May 29, 2023.
Is Whit Monday a public holiday?
Pentecost is a legal holiday, but not a day off for everyone. On the other hand, some companies may grant Whit Monday to their employees.
Do the pupils have school on Pentecost Monday?
Pupils have no school on Pentecost Monday. The Ministry of National Education and Youth recalls on its site that “Pentecost Monday is a day without school called ‘solidarity’“.
What is the meaning of Pentecost?
The term Pentecost comes from the Greek pentekostewhich means “fiftieth day”.
What is the origin of Pentecost?
The meaning of Pentecost is found in the account of the Acts of the Apostles. Indeed, for the faithful, Pentecost is a very important Christian holiday, which celebrates fifty days after Easter. the coming of the Holy Spirit to the apostles and to Mary, the mother of Jesus. According to the website of the Catholic Church in France, this day also marks the birth of the Church and the first Christian communities.
What is the story of Pentecost?
If we look at the story of Pentecostit is said that on the fiftieth day after Easter, practitioners would have gathered together with the Apostles and Mary and that a strange noise, like a rushing wind, had been perceived. This was the first sign of the coming of the Holy Spirit. The second would be placed on the entire crowd present: “a kind of fire that is shared in tongues”. The wind and the fire represented the Holy Spirit, and the third sign would have revealed it, for those present “began to speak in other tongues”.
Before this episode, a few days earlier, at the time of the Ascension, Christ would have made a promise to the Apostles: “You will receive strength, that of the Holy Spirit who will come upon you. Then you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”, we can read in the Bible (Acts 1-8). Afterwards, the Apostles began to speak of the resurrection of Christ and to make his teaching known to the faithful.
- What do we celebrate at Pentecost? Catholic Church in France. : https://eglise.catholique.fr/enhance-sa-foi/la-celebration-de-la-foi/les-grandes-fetes-chretiennes/la-pentecote/372580-fete-pentecote/
- Holidays and bridges. Ministry of Labor (5 May 2023). : https://code.travail.gouv.fr/fiche-ministere-travail/les-jours-feries-et-les-ponts?q=lundi%20de%20pentec%C3%B4te
- School calendar. Ministry of National Education and Youth. : https://www.education.gouv.fr/calendrier-scolaire-100148#:~:text=Calendrier%20scolaire%202025%2D2026&text=apr%C3%A8s%20les%20cours.-,Le%20mondi%20de% 20Pentec%C3%B4te%20is%20a%20day%20without%20%C3%A9cole%20says,%20Saturday%2016%20May%202026.