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Pentecost
French Guiana

Pentecost 2021, 2022 and 2023 in French Guiana

Pentecost is a major Christian observance in French Guiana that takes place on the fiftieth day of Easter – 49 days after Easter Sunday. It is also known as Whit Sunday, and is celebrated with a Whit Monday public holiday each year.

YearDateDayHoliday
202124 MayMonWhit Monday
20226 JunMonWhit Monday
202329 MayMonWhit Monday
202420 MayMonWhit Monday
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Pentecost is the final celebration of the seven-week Easter period. According to Christian belief, Pentecost commemorates the day that the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and disciples of Jesus, giving them the ability to speak in different languages to share the good news about Jesus.

The name “Whit” Sunday and Monday comes from the white clothes traditionally worn by those being baptised on this popular day for baptisms.

French Guiana is a major melting pot of cultures, religions, languages, culinary traditions, and holidays. But as a French overseas department, it also shares its holiday calendar with mainland France. And that means that Pentecost, or “Whit Sunday”, is on the holiday list.

Although attending mass or church and simply spending time at home with family is a major part of Pentecost Sunday and Pentecost Monday, no doubt the stand-out element of the celebrations is gathering with family and friends to eat a special meal. The mix of European, African, and Amerindian flavours makes for a unique and unforgettable “taste bud experience”.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
20201 JunMonWhit Monday
201910 JunMonWhit Monday
201821 MayMonWhit Monday
20175 JunMonWhit Monday