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Ascension Day in Norway

Ascension Day is a public holiday in Norway. This Christian holiday commemorates the belief that Jesus Christ ascended into heaven.

Glass painting depicting the Ascension.
The Ascension depicted in a church.
The Ascension depicted in a church.
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This moveable feast is always on a Thursday. It is a day off for most people. Schools, businesses, and shops in Norway are closed. Only certain small convenient stores and garden centers are open on Ascension Day.

Spring or Summer Long Weekend

Ascension Day is the 40th day of Easter. It occurs 39 days after Easter Sunday in spring or early summer, and it is popular to spend it outdoors or in the garden. However, using motorized lawn mowers or power tools is prohibited.

It is common to take the following Friday off too, creating a long weekend.

About Ascension Day in other countries

Read more about Ascension Day.

Ascension Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
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

Quick Facts

Ascension Day is a public holiday in Norway, which always falls on a Thursday, on the 40th day after Easter Sunday.

Ascension Day 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Ascension Day 2019

Thursday, May 30, 2019

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Kristi HimmelfartsdagNorwegian
Kristi HimmelfartsdagNorwegian (nynorsk)
Ascension DayEnglish
Christi HimmelfahrtGerman

Alternative name

"Himmelspretten"

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in May 2018 in Norway

Fun Holiday on May 10, 2018

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