Ascension Day

Ascension Day, also known as Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ, is an important religious festival celebrated by the Christians, and it is celebrated on Thursday of the 40th day of Easter or 39 days after Easter Sunday.

Ascension Day commemorates the Christian belief of the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. According to the New Testament narrative, Jesus made many visits to the Mount of Olives, where he instructed his disciples. On the 40th day after his resurrection, he visited again and was taken up into heaven in the presence of eleven disciples when he was blessing them.

Ascension Day is celebrated on Thursday and that is why it is also called "Ascension Thursday" or "Holy Thursday". However, not all countries have Ascension Day as a public holiday, so Ascension Day is celebrated on the following Sunday in some countries to allow more people to join the celebrations.

Many Eastern Orthodox churches use the Julian calendar to calculate their celebrations. Because the 40th day of Easter in the Julian calendar corresponds to a day later in the Gregorian calendar, East Orthodox churches will normally have Ascension Day after the Western Observation.

The following is the list of Ascension Day from 2022 to 2026.

HolidayWesternWeekdayEasternWeekday
Ascension DayMay 26, 2022ThursdayJun 02, 2022Thursday
Ascension DayMay 18, 2023ThursdayMay 25, 2023Thursday
Ascension DayMay 09, 2024ThursdayJun 13, 2024Thursday
Ascension DayMay 29, 2025ThursdayMay 29, 2025Thursday
Ascension DayMay 14, 2026ThursdayMay 21, 2026Thursday

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