Events  Le lundi de Pentecôte
09/06/201400:00 TV5MONDE
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Pentecost Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte) is the day after Pentecost Sunday. It is a public holiday in France and also in many European countries. 
 
Many Christians believe that the Holy Spirits descended on Jesus Christ’s disciples. This day also signals the end of the Christian season of Lent.
 
After about 15,000 elderly people died in a heat wave in the summer of 2003, the French government cancelled this public holiday and asked for the French people to donate their wages for the day to help provide better community care. 
 
The French workers protested for this and reinstated the holiday in 2008.
 
Public Life
 
On Whit Monday in France, government offices, banks, businesses, schools and many shops are closed. 
 
Museums like the Musee de Louvre in Paris are open on Whit Monday, as are many other countryside chateaus and most wine tasting caves. 
 
Most people spend this day quietly with families and close friends through picnic lunch in a park or the countryside. Others attend local sporting or cultural events that are usually held in some small towns and villages.
 
Of course, les boulangeries remain open in the cities and towns for everyone’s morning croissant and coffee! 
 

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