Thursday is the Feast of the Ascension. After Easter is another holiday, but why again? And what do we actually celebrate? We answer six questions about the Feast of the Ascension.
What is the Feast of the Ascension?
Today, in Christianity, the memorial of Jesus’ ascension to God, His Father in Heaven, is commemorated. It happened after he was raised from the dead (Passover).
When is Ascension Day?
The Feast of the Ascension falls on the 39th day after Easter and ten days before Pentecost. The earliest possible date today is April 30, and at the latest is June 3.
In which countries is Ascension Day celebrated?
Feast of the Ascension is a public holiday in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland.
Is everyone free on Ascension Day?
Feast of the Ascension is a public holiday in the Netherlands, but not everyone enjoys it for free. There is no law that states that some holidays are vacation days for employees. So there is no statutory right to have a day off on a particular public holiday. A collective labor agreement or employment contract states whether you are free on public holidays. More information on the national government website .
Are there any other highs celebrated as a national holiday?
In countries where Catholicism is the largest religion, the commemoration of the Ascension of Mary or Our Lady of the Virgin is celebrated on August 15th. Mary, the mother of Jesus, must have been somewhere between 36 and 50 AD. Passed away. Orthodox churches also remember Mary’s ascension on this day. They call it the dormition of the Mother of God.
And where do the stairs of dew come from on the day of ascension?
Perhaps this custom dates back to Germanic times. According to popular belief, dew had magical and healing power. Perhaps the “Dew Stairway” was a May festival for the Germans. At that time of year, the Germans celebrated the emergence of a new life in nature. Source and more on this topic on Historiek.net .
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