Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday (also known as Monday of the Holy Spirit) is the holiday celebrated the day after Pentecost, a movable feast in the Christian calendar. It is movable because it is determined by the date of Easter.
Whit Monday gets its English name for following “Whitsun“, the day that became one of the three baptismal seasons. The origin of the name “Whit Sunday” is generally attributed to the white garments formerly worn by those newly baptized on this feast. Via: Wikipedia
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Benefits of Keeping the Day of Solidarity
Revenue collected from the day would ensure the ongoing welfare of disabled persons and the elderly in need of health care and assistance. Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations, Family and Solidarity Xavier Bertrand said that the new law aimed to improve the care of elderly and disabled people, to respect freedom of choice of social partners, and to respect a principle of solidarity.
In 2007, more than two billion Euros were raised in favor of the National Solidarity Fund. The benefits of keeping the Day of Solidarity include: more nursing home places for the elderly; improved facilities and services for the elderly and people with disabilities; and more jobs, particularly in health care services.
The Day of Solidarity still stands unpopular among some French citizens who are opposed to the idea of a day’s unpaid work. Some argued that the day, which replaced Whit Monday from 2005 to 2007, was viewed as overtime unpaid work for employees. Some also said that the day should have never replaced the Whit Monday holiday.
In 2006, the French government faced strong opposition on its attempts to ensure people give up a public holiday and work for nothing on the Day of Solidarity. Less than half the country was at work as millions of employees treated the day as a normal Pentecost or Whit Monday.