Ascension Day in United Kingdom
Quick FactsAscension Day is the 40th day of Easter and commemorates Jesus Christ’s ascension into heaven, according to Christian belief.
Ascension Day 2013Thursday, May 9, 2013
Ascension Day 2014Thursday, May 29, 2014
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Ascension Day is observed in the United Kingdom on the 40th day of Easter. It commemorates Jesus Christ's ascension into heaven, according to the New Testament of the Bible.
What do people do?
Some Christians in the United Kingdom attend church services on Ascension Day to celebrate this event. Prayers are made and people sing hymns at these services. Communion, also known as Eucharist, may also be offered to the congregation. Ascension Day marks the end of Rogationtide, which is a time when people pray for blessings to occur.
According to some sources, some schools used to have a day off on Ascension Day in the United Kingdom. However, students who attend Sunday school or take part in religious studies (such as classes) may participate in lessons or activities that explain the meaning of Ascension Day.
Ascension Day is neither a bank or public holiday in the United Kingdom. Offices, retail stores, educational institutions and public transit systems stick with their usual schedules.
Ascension Day is one of the earliest Christian festivals dating back to the year 68 CE. 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.
Ascension Day marks the end of the Easter season and occurs ten days before Pentecost. Depending upon the phases of the moon in a particular year, Ascension Day is usually celebrated on a Thursday. However, some churches may choose to celebrate it on the following Sunday. Many Eastern Orthodox churches calculate the date of Pascha (Easter) according to the Julian calendar, rather than the Gregorian calendar used by many western churches, so their Ascension Day usually occurs after the western observance.
About Ascension Day in other countriesRead more about Ascension Day.
Ascension Day Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday type||Where it is observed|
|Thu||May 15||1980||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 28||1981||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 20||1982||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 12||1983||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 31||1984||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 16||1985||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 8||1986||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 28||1987||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 12||1988||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 4||1989||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 24||1990||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 9||1991||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 28||1992||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 20||1993||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 12||1994||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 25||1995||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 16||1996||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 8||1997||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 21||1998||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 13||1999||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 1||2000||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 24||2001||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 9||2002||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 29||2003||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 20||2004||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 5||2005||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 25||2006||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 17||2007||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 1||2008||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 21||2009||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 13||2010||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||Jun 2||2011||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 17||2012||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 9||2013||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 29||2014||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Thu||May 14||2015||Ascension Day||Christian|
Other holidays in May 2013 in United Kingdom
- Orthodox Good Friday ―Friday, May 3, 2013
- Orthodox Holy Saturday ―Saturday, May 4, 2013
- Orthodox Easter ―Sunday, May 5, 2013
- Early May Bank Holiday ―Monday, May 6, 2013
- Orthodox Easter Monday ―Monday, May 6, 2013
- Shavuot ―Wednesday, May 15, 2013
- Pentecost ―Sunday, May 19, 2013
- Whit Monday ―Monday, May 20, 2013
- Trinity Sunday ―Sunday, May 26, 2013
- Spring Bank Holiday ―Monday, May 27, 2013
- Corpus Christi ―Thursday, May 30, 2013
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