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Pentecost

Pentecost 2018 and 2019

Pentecost is a common religious holiday celebrated throughout Europe, including Germany. It is also known as Whitsun or Whit Sunday. In 2018, Whit Sunday and Whit Monday fall on 20 and 21 May.

YearDateDayHolidayStates
201820 MaySunWhit SundayBB
21 MayMonWhit MondayNational
20199 JunSunWhit SundayBB
10 JunMonWhit MondayNational
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Whit Sunday is celebrated on the 50th day of the Easter season and is the culmination of the Easter cycle that starts with the Ash Wednesday of Lent. The celebrated date changes each year depending on what date Easter Sunday falls on, but is typically observed in late May or early June.

The celebration revolves around Pentecost, also referred to as the birthday of the Church, an event celebrated by Christians marking when the holy spirit came down on the apostles. The event is celebrated mainly by the Roman Catholic church and the Eastern Orthodox church.

Celebrations vary depending on what part of Germany you visit. It’s not uncommon to see areas of the country decorated in beautiful red flowers to signify the fire of the holy spirit, as well as birch branches, with birch often associated with both the planting of the Pentecost tree as well as the Pentecost wreath.

Most churches open their doors Whit Sunday featuring special events, such as church services, organ recitals and other musical concerts. In Berlin, Whit Sunday also corresponds with the Carnival of Cultures parade.