This year, Holy Spirit Monday will be celebrated on June 21. Holy Spirit Monday celebrates the emergence of the Holy Spirit in the form of flames. The holiday is celebrated 50 days after the commemoration of Orthodox Easter. Devout Christians observe this day as the birth of the church. Holy Spirit Monday is celebrated with family and friends. Some countries celebrate the day as a public holiday while others do not.
History of Holy Spirit Monday
In Greek Orthodox Churches, Holy Spirit Monday is a three-day religious celebration. It is a joyous occasion with lots of festivities and is also celebrated by some as the Second Easter. According to the New Testament, the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles and the church of Jerusalem 50 days after the Resurrection of Christ. This event occurred during the Jewish feast of Shavuot.
As the Apostles gathered for blessings, the gospel stories say that the Holy Spirit descended on them as tongues of fire. This enabled them to preach to the devotees and speak to each one of them in a language that they could understand. Thus, 50 days after the Pentecost is considered
the birthday of the Christian church for two reasons. One, the descent of the Holy Spirit completed the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Two, it was the beginning of the Christian faith being preached to the masses.
Festivities for Pentecost and Holy Spirit Monday begin as early as Friday, and the Sunday before Holy Spirit Monday is also known as Trinity Sunday. Public celebrations are held in local churches and some parishes might even organize a fair. In countries like Greece, Holy Spirit Monday is a public holiday where schools and offices are closed.
Holy Spirit Monday timeline
The first Holy Spirit Monday is celebrated on the day after Pentecost, the 50th day of Easter.
In the U.K., Holy Spirit Monday is last celebrated as a bank holiday this year.
This is the last year when Ireland celebrates Holy Spirit Monday as a public holiday.
Pope Francis declares Holy Spirit Monday as a fixed day to celebrate the new feast.
Holy Spirit Monday FAQs
What is the significance of Whit Monday?
Whit Monday or Holy Spirit Monday commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Christ.
Who observes Holy Spirit Monday?
Countries like Switzerland, Hungary, and France observe Holy Spirit Monday as a public holiday.
Do Americans celebrate Pentecost?
Pentecost is not a federal public holiday in the United States and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours. But most Christians still observe the day.
How to Observe Holy Spirit Monday
Nobody celebrates Holy Spirit Monday the way the Greek Orthodox Church does. If you are lucky enough to find one nearby, you should take part in the celebrations.
Visit the church fair
Some local churches also celebrate Holy Spirit Monday by organizing fairs. If you have children, you might want to take them to attend the church fair!
Go out for a meal
Even though schools and offices are closed on Holy Spirit Monday, restaurants and cafes remain open. In the mood for celebrating, devotees go out to dine with their loved ones.
5 Facts About Holy Spirit Monday That Will Blow Your Mind
It is celebrated by all sects of Christians
Holy Spirit Monday is celebrated by Catholics, Protestants, and Lutherans in their own ways.
It is a popular day for baptism
Many Christians choose Holy Spirit Monday to get baptized — in fact, this day sees some of the highest numbers of baptisms.
White is the color of the day
Since it is believed that the Holy Spirit descended from fire, white is considered the color of the day and the church is decorated in white banners.
The church was born on this day
Many cultures consider Holy Spirit Monday to be the birthday of the church.
It is also known as Whit Monday
Holy Spirit Monday is also known as Whit Monday and is always celebrated a day after Whit Sunday.
Why Holy Spirit Monday is Important
A day for friends and families to come together
Like any other festival, Holy Spirit Monday also celebrates the coming together of our near and dear.
It commemorates the birth of the church
A church is not only a place of worship but also a place for the community to gather. Sunday church visits are a norm for many Christians and this is a day to celebrate the birth of a great institution.
A day to celebrate new beginnings
Holy Spirit Monday also celebrates a new harvest month along with the Apostles’ first mission to preach Christianity among the faithful. Holy Spirit Monday, therefore, celebrates the day of happy beginnings.
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