Ascension Day celebrates Jesus Christ’s ascension into heaven. It is celebrated on the 40th day of Easter, 39 days after Easter Sunday. According to Christian belief Christ spent the 40 days after his resurrection teaching his apostles until he ascended to heaven on the 40th day while they looked on.
While Ascension Day began as a Christian holiday, it has mainly become more of a public holiday than a religious holiday. Ascension Day is on a Thursday, so almost everyone will have the day off from school as work as well as getting that Friday off. Students are especially thankful for the four-day weekend as it falls around Easter break as well. Many Christians will attend a special church service to celebrate Ascension Day while others simply spend their day enjoying time with their family and friends. People also love to take a mini-vacation due to the four-day weekend.
Tips for Traveling during Ascension Day in France
If you are traveling on Ascension Day or the Friday after, make sure to check what will be open. Many places will be closed due to the holiday and it is really only tourist areas that mainly remain open. Airports and railway stations are typically open on Ascension Day, but always check ahead in order to prepare for anything unexpected.