Ascension Day in France
Ascension Day (Ascension) marks the day that Jesus ascended to heaven following his crucifixion and resurrection, according to Christian belief. It is the 40th day of Easter and is ten days before Pentecost Sunday. It is a public holiday in France.
What Do People Do?
Some Christians in France may attend special church services to mark the ascension of Jesus to heaven. For other people, Ascension Day is an opportunity to spend time with family and friends or to enjoy the spring weather. Ascension Day falls on a Thursday so many people take a day of their annual leave on Friday and so enjoy a four-day weekend. They often use the opportunity to take a short vacation.
Public life is generally quiet on Ascension Day. Post offices, banks, stores and other businesses are closed. Outside of tourist areas, restaurants and cafes may also be closed. However, bakeries and some stores in Paris, as well as at airports and railway stations and along major highways, are open. Small businesses may also be closed on the Friday and Saturday after Ascension Day, even if they are usually open on these days.
Public transport service schedules vary depending on where one lives and intends to travel. Some villages and small towns hold sporting or cultural events on Ascension Day and during the following weekend. These may cause some local disruption to traffic.
Background and symbols
Ascension Day marks the day that Jesus ascended to heaven following his crucifixion and resurrection. It is celebrated in many countries including in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States.
About Ascension Day in other countriesRead more about Ascension Day.
Ascension Day Observances
|Thu||May 13||2010||Ascension Day||National holiday|
|Thu||Jun 2||2011||Ascension Day||National holiday|
|Thu||May 17||2012||Ascension Day||National holiday|
|Thu||May 9||2013||Ascension Day||National holiday|
|Thu||May 29||2014||Ascension Day||National holiday|
|Thu||May 14||2015||Ascension Day||National holiday|
|Thu||May 5||2016||Ascension Day||National holiday|
|Thu||May 25||2017||Ascension Day||National holiday|
|Thu||May 10||2018||Ascension Day||National holiday|
|Thu||May 30||2019||Ascension Day||National holiday|
|Thu||May 21||2020||Ascension Day||National holiday|
Quick FactsAscension Day marks the day that Jesus ascended to heaven, according to Christian belief.
Ascension Day 2015Thursday, May 14, 2015
Ascension Day 2016Thursday, May 5, 2016
Name in other languages
Other holidays in May 2016 in France
- Labor Day / May Day – Sunday, May 1, 2016
- WWII Victory Day – Sunday, May 8, 2016
- Whit Sunday – Sunday, May 15, 2016
- Whit Monday – Monday, May 16, 2016
- Mother's Day – Sunday, May 29, 2016