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Ascension Day in Mexico

Mexicans of Christian faith celebrate the belief that Jesus Christ physically ascended to heaven on Ascension Day (Día de la Ascensión), which is 39 days after Easter Sunday.

Christians believe Jesus ascended to heaven.
Christians believe Jesus ascended to heaven.
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Celebrate Ascension Day

Special masses are held in a number of churches in Mexico to honor the biblical story of Jesus ascending to heaven. It is celebrated not just in Mexico but in other countries too.

Public Life

Ascension Day is a religious observance and not a federal public holiday in Mexico.

About Ascension Day

Ascension Day is one of the earliest Christian festivals dating back to the year 68. According to the New Testament in the Bible, Jesus Christ met several times with his disciples during the 40 days after his resurrection to instruct them on how to carry out his teachings. It is believed that on the 40th day he took them to the Mount of Olives, where they watched as he ascended to heaven.

About Ascension Day in other countries

Read more about Ascension Day.

Ascension Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
ThuMay 132010Ascension DayObservance
ThuJun 22011Ascension DayObservance
ThuMay 172012Ascension DayObservance
ThuMay 92013Ascension DayObservance
ThuMay 292014Ascension DayObservance
ThuMay 142015Ascension DayObservance
ThuMay 52016Ascension DayObservance
ThuMay 252017Ascension DayObservance
ThuMay 102018Ascension DayObservance
ThuMay 302019Ascension DayObservance
ThuMay 212020Ascension DayObservance

Quick Facts

Churches in Mexico commemorate the story of Jesus rising to heaven on Ascension Day.

Ascension Day 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Ascension Day 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017


Name in other languages

Ascension DayEnglish
Día de la AscenciónSpanish
Christi HimmelfahrtGerman

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in May 2016 in Mexico

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