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Ascension Day in France

Quick Facts

Ascension Day marks the day that Jesus ascended to heaven, according to Christian belief.

Local names

NameLanguage
L'AscensionFrench
Ascension DayEnglish
Christi HimmelfahrtGerman

Ascension Day 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Ascension Day 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015
List of dates for other years

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.

Church Service

Some Christians in France attend church services on Ascension Day.

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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

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 countries

Read more about Ascension Day.

Ascension Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
ThuMay 241990Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 91991Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 281992Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 201993Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 121994Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 251995Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 161996Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 81997Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 211998Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 131999Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuJun 12000Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 242001Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 92002Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 292003Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 202004Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 52005Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 252006Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 172007Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 12008Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 212009Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 132010Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuJun 22011Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 172012Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 92013Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 292014Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 142015Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 52016Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 252017Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 102018Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 302019Ascension DayNational holiday
ThuMay 212020Ascension DayNational holiday

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