14 June 2011

Whittuesday: Third Day of the Holy Trinity

Whit Tuesday (Pentecost Tuesday, Whitsun Tuesday) is the Christian holiday celebrated the day after Pentecost Monday, the third day of the week beginning on Pentecost. Pentecost is a movable feast in the Christian calendar dependent upon the date of Pascha (Easter).

In the Eastern Orthodox Church, Whit Tuesday is known as the "Third Day of the Trinity" and is part of the Feast of Pentecost. Not only monasteries and cathedrals, but parish churches often celebrate the Divine Liturgy on this day.

It used to be a public holiday, at least in Sweden. It was abolished 4 November 1772, together with the second day of Christmas, 27 December {Tredjedag jul, "Third-day Christmas" in Swedish}, Tredje- and Fjärdedag Påsk {2nd and 3rd Easter day} and the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, 2 February {Kyndelsmässodagen}.

The Dancing procession of Echternach takes place on Pentecost Tuesday. The dancing procession of Echternach is an annual Roman Catholic dancing procession held at Echternach, in eastern Luxembourg. Echternach's is the last traditional dancing procession in Europe.

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