Le lundi de Pentecôte

Le mot du jour : “Lundi de Pentecôte”
Today in France is another of these multiple holidays that happen along the year, most of the time for religious reasons, but sometimes for secular ones too (like the end of the two World Wars and Labour Day, for example).
So today is a religious holiday, the Monday following the “Pentecôte” (Whit Sunday). The Pentecôte word comes from the Greek pentêkostề hêméra, which means the 50th day (after Easter).

In the Christian tradition, it celebrates the Holy Spirit being send to the disciples. The celebration itself takes place on the Sunday, but for reasons I don’t quite understand, some countries, including France, decided to take the day off on Monday too 🙂

I can’t say I am surprised by that, as a country we do love a day off work 😄

La Pentecôte, Heures d'Étienne Chevalier, enluminées par Jean Fouquet, musée Condé, Chantilly.