Ascension Day around the world in 2020

  How long until Ascension Day?
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  Dates of Ascension Day around the world
2021VariousMay 13
AustriaThu, May 13National Holiday
BelgiumThu, May 13National Holiday
Burkina FasoThu, May 13National Holiday
DenmarkThu, May 13National Holiday
Faroe IslandsThu, May 13National Holiday
FranceThu, May 13National Holiday
IcelandThu, May 13National Holiday
LesothoThu, May 13National Holiday
2020VariousMay 21, May 25
ArubaThu, May 21National Holiday
AustriaThu, May 21National Holiday
BelgiumThu, May 21National Holiday
BeninThu, May 21National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaThu, May 21National Holiday
BotswanaThu, May 21National Holiday
Burkina FasoThu, May 21National Holiday
BurundiThu, May 21National Holiday
CameroonThu, May 21National Holiday
Central African RepublicThu, May 21National Holiday
ColombiaMon, May 25National Holiday (in lieu)
CongoThu, May 21National Holiday
CuraçaoThu, May 21National Holiday
DenmarkThu, May 21National Holiday
Faroe IslandsThu, May 21National Holiday
FinlandThu, May 21National Holiday
FranceThu, May 21National Holiday
French GuianaThu, May 21National Holiday
French PolynesiaThu, May 21National Holiday
GabonThu, May 21National Holiday
GermanyThu, May 21National Holiday
GreenlandThu, May 21National Holiday
GuadeloupeThu, May 21National Holiday
IcelandThu, May 21National Holiday
IndonesiaThu, May 21National Holiday
Ivory CoastThu, May 21National Holiday
LesothoThu, May 21National Holiday
LiechtensteinThu, May 21National Holiday
LuxembourgThu, May 21National Holiday
MadagascarThu, May 21National Holiday
MartiniqueThu, May 21National Holiday
MonacoThu, May 21National Holiday
NamibiaThu, May 21National Holiday
NetherlandsThu, May 21National Holiday
NorwayThu, May 21National Holiday
Saint MartinThu, May 21National Holiday
SenegalThu, May 21National Holiday
Sint MaartenThu, May 21National Holiday
SwazilandThu, May 21National Holiday
SwedenThu, May 21National Holiday
SwitzerlandThu, May 21National Holiday
TogoThu, May 21National Holiday
VenezuelaMon, May 25Not A Public Holiday
2019VariousMay 30, Jun 3
ArubaThu, May 30National Holiday
AustriaThu, May 30National Holiday
BelgiumThu, May 30National Holiday
BeninThu, May 30National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaThu, May 30National Holiday
BotswanaThu, May 30National Holiday
Burkina FasoThu, May 30National Holiday
BurundiThu, May 30National Holiday
CameroonThu, May 30National Holiday
Central African RepublicThu, May 30National Holiday
ColombiaMon, Jun 3National Holiday (in lieu)
CongoThu, May 30National Holiday
CuraçaoThu, May 30National Holiday
DenmarkThu, May 30National Holiday
Faroe IslandsThu, May 30National Holiday
FinlandThu, May 30National Holiday
FranceThu, May 30National Holiday
French GuianaThu, May 30National Holiday
French PolynesiaThu, May 30National Holiday
GabonThu, May 30National Holiday
GermanyThu, May 30National Holiday
GreenlandThu, May 30National Holiday
GuadeloupeThu, May 30National Holiday
IcelandThu, May 30National Holiday
IndonesiaThu, May 30National Holiday
Ivory CoastThu, May 30National Holiday
LesothoThu, May 30National Holiday
LiechtensteinThu, May 30National Holiday
LuxembourgThu, May 30National Holiday
MadagascarThu, May 30National Holiday
MartiniqueThu, May 30National Holiday
MonacoThu, May 30National Holiday
NamibiaThu, May 30National Holiday
NetherlandsThu, May 30National Holiday
NorwayThu, May 30National Holiday
Saint MartinThu, May 30National Holiday
SenegalThu, May 30National Holiday
Sint MaartenThu, May 30National Holiday
SwazilandThu, May 30National Holiday
SwedenThu, May 30National Holiday
SwitzerlandThu, May 30National Holiday
TogoThu, May 30National Holiday
VenezuelaThu, May 30Not A Public Holiday
2018VariousMay 10, May 14, May 30
ArubaThu, May 10National Holiday
AustriaThu, May 10National Holiday
BelgiumThu, May 10National Holiday
BeninThu, May 10National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaMay 10, May 30
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaWed, May 30National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaThu, May 10National Holiday
BotswanaThu, May 10National Holiday
Burkina FasoThu, May 10National Holiday
BurundiThu, May 10National Holiday
CameroonThu, May 10National Holiday
Central African RepublicThu, May 10National Holiday
ColombiaThu, May 10National Holiday (in lieu)
CongoThu, May 10National Holiday
CuraçaoThu, May 10National Holiday
DenmarkThu, May 10National Holiday
Faroe IslandsThu, May 10National Holiday
FinlandThu, May 10National Holiday
FranceThu, May 10National Holiday
French GuianaThu, May 10National Holiday
French PolynesiaThu, May 10National Holiday
GabonThu, May 10National Holiday
GermanyThu, May 10National Holiday
GreenlandThu, May 10National Holiday
GuadeloupeThu, May 10National Holiday
IcelandThu, May 10National Holiday
IndonesiaThu, May 10National Holiday
Ivory CoastThu, May 10National Holiday
LesothoThu, May 10National Holiday
LiechtensteinThu, May 10National Holiday
LuxembourgThu, May 10National Holiday
MadagascarThu, May 10National Holiday
MartiniqueThu, May 10National Holiday
MonacoThu, May 10National Holiday
NamibiaThu, May 10National Holiday
NetherlandsThu, May 10National Holiday
NorwayThu, May 10National Holiday
Saint MartinThu, May 10National Holiday
SenegalThu, May 10National Holiday
Sint MaartenThu, May 10National Holiday
SwazilandThu, May 10National Holiday
SwedenThu, May 10National Holiday
SwitzerlandThu, May 10National Holiday
TogoThu, May 10National Holiday
VenezuelaMon, May 14Not A Public Holiday
2017VariousMay 25, May 29
AustriaThu, May 25National Holiday
BelgiumThu, May 25National Holiday
BotswanaThu, May 25National Holiday
BurundiThu, May 25National Holiday
CameroonThu, May 25National Holiday
ColombiaMon, May 29National Holiday (in lieu)
DenmarkThu, May 25National Holiday
FinlandThu, May 25National Holiday
FranceThu, May 25National Holiday
GabonThu, May 25National Holiday
GermanyThu, May 25National Holiday
IcelandThu, May 25National Holiday
IndonesiaThu, May 25National Holiday
Ivory CoastThu, May 25National Holiday
LiechtensteinThu, May 25National Holiday
LuxembourgThu, May 25National Holiday
MonacoThu, May 25National Holiday
NamibiaThu, May 25National Holiday
NetherlandsThu, May 25National Holiday
NorwayThu, May 25National Holiday
SenegalThu, May 25National Holiday
SwedenThu, May 25National Holiday
SwitzerlandThu, May 25National Holiday
VenezuelaMon, May 29Not A Public Holiday
  Summary
Commemorates the ascension of Jesus into heaven forty two days after his crucifixion
  Which countries observe Ascension Day in 2020?

When is Ascension Day?

Ascension Day is the 40th day of Easter and commemorates the ascension of Jesus into heaven 39 days after resurrection on Easter Sunday. It may also be known as The Feast of the Ascension, The Ascension of Jesus, Ascension Thursday or Holy Thursday.

What is Ascension Day?

You will find the Biblical accounts of the Ascension in Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-53 and Acts 1:6-11.

During the forty-day period before he ascended into heaven, it is believed that Jesus preached and intermingled with his apostles and disciples.

According to tradition, Ascension Day was first celebrated in 68 AD, however the first written evidence of the Ascension Day Feast occurred in 385 AD.

Today, Ascension Day is celebrated primarily by Catholics and Anglican Christians. According to the Western Christianity methods of calculating the dates of Easter, the earliest possible date for Ascension Day is April 30, the latest possible date is June 3.

How is Ascension Day celebrated?

Ascension Day celebrations include the following:

The Easter (Paschal) candle is put out.

There may be processions with torches and banners and fruits and vegetables may be blessed in church.

In the Catholic Church, the Feast of Ascension is a holy day of obligation (sometimes called holydays) when the faithful are obliged to attend Mass.

Feast of the Ascension and Easter

Ten days after Ascension is Pentecost (Whitsuntide) which commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples. Pentecost ends the cycle of Easter related events in the Christian Calendar.

Did you know?

Germany also celebrates Father's Day (Vatertag) on the same date. This tradition dates back to the eighteenth century when prizes were awarded to fathers after Ascension Day parades in rural areas.

Ascension Day customs

An old English tradition is that if it is sunny on Ascension Day, it will be a warm summer; but if it rains, it will a poor harvest and livestock will suffer from disease.

In Sweden people go into the woods very early in the morning to hear the birds at sunrise. It is said to be good luck if a cuckoo is heard from the east or west.

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