Whitsunday (Pentecost) / Helluntai

When: May 15 in 2016

What: This Christian holiday celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. For most Finns, however, this holiday does not differ much from a regular Sunday. Although the holiday is not celebrated much, it comes with a message for those looking for love. According to Finnish folklore, if you’re looking for a relationship and you haven’t found your sweetheart by Whitsunday, you can stop looking because you won’t find a partner all summer!

Opening hours and public transport: Public service offices, banks, post offices, and Alko liquor stores will be closed. Some grocery stores and other shops may be closed and some may have shorter opening hours. Public transport will operate on a Sunday schedule.