Pentecost, also known a Whit Sunday and Whit Monday, is widely celebrated across most of Switzerland. A public holiday on Whit Monday is observed in majority of the country’s cantons.
|2019||10 Jun||Mon||Whit Monday||National except NE, SO, VS|
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Pentecost comes 50 days after Easter, and thus, its date varies with that of Easter Sunday. It will fall sometime from mid-May to early June. Pentecost celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit from the ascended Christ to his disciples gathered in Jerusalem, and ultimately, to the entirety of the Church he established.
After promising to give the Spirit at his Ascension, the Bible records that Jesus had his disciples wait 10 days in Jerusalem until the Jewish Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) to send the Spirit to empower them for the ministry of the Church.
In many churches across Switzerland, special Pentecost services will be held. Traditionally, this is a time for baptisms, since 2,000 converts were baptised in Jerusalem at the events that Pentecost Sunday commemorates.
To many, Pentecost Weekend is a chance to relax at home with family and friends, to go picnicking, or to go on short vacations.