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Whit Monday in Australia

 

Whit Monday is an event celebrated by Christians all over the world. Whit Monday event is falls on Monday which comes next to Pentecost Sunday. There is no actual date for the Whit Monday since the date will depends on when the Easter Sunday will fall. Whit Monday, or also known as Pentecost Monday this happens 51 days after the Easter Sunday.

What is Whit Monday?

Whit Monday is the Pentecost Monday. This is part of the Pentecost event that is widely celebrated by the Christians around the world. Pentecost is the fiftieth day after the Easter Sunday, or the rising of Jesus Christ from the dead. In the Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus Christ’s disciples. They received the “gift of tongue” which allowed them to speak in different languages. Through this, they were able to spread the words of Jesus Christ in all the nations.

The term Whit Monday was derived from Whitsunday, or the garments used by the people who were newly baptized on Pentecost. The word Pentecost, on the other hand, was from the term “pentekoste” which means the 50th day.

How is Whit Monday celebrated by the Christians in Australia?

The Christians in Australia celebrate the Whit Monday in various ways. The Christian community usually gathers in the church to listen to the scriptures, sing hymns of praise, and pray for reflection. The churches are usually decorated by flowers, like white and red-coloured flowers that symbolize the Holy Spirit. The Christians also light candles either in the church or in their homes. In the Christian world, candles symbolize the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Some Christians also organize Bible study on the night of the Whit Monday followed by a simple dinner. In Christian schools, the students are taught on the significance of the Pentecost either during the Sunday classes or during the Whit Monday.

How is Whit Monday Celebrated by the Public in Australia?

Whit Monday is part of the Whit week or the Pentecost Week. While this Christian event is declared a holiday in some countries like Denmark, Austria, France, Norway, and Germany, this day is not declared as a public holiday in Australia. Being a Monday and a regular working day, offices of public institutions and private companies operate on this day. Students also go to school for their regular classes during Whit Monday. Commercial establishments like shops and restaurants proceed to their businesses. Transportation companies service commuters during Whit Monday and there are no major obstructions in traffic during the event.

In some Orthodox Churches, the Whit Monday is celebrated on a later date. That is because the Orthodox churches still follow the dates and events according to the Julian calendar. In western countries, the Gregorian calendar is being followed.

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