Ascension Day is also known as Holy Thursday, Ascension Thursday. Ascension Day 2017 will be celebrated throughout the world on Thursday, May 25. This is a public holiday. Here is the discussion about facts of Ascension Day and its celebration process of different countries of the world.
What is Ascension Day?
According to the Christian believe, the ascension feast of lord and savior Jesus Christ is known as Ascension Day in the history. The day is celebrated as a commemoration of Jesus Ascension to the heaven. In the USA, the day is the 40th day of Easter. New Testament of holy bible provides the recognition of this day.
Ascension meaning (Ascension Spiritual Meaning)
There are many significance and meaning of this day. Different people explain this day from the different angle. I am here going to describe the meaning of Ascension day according to the Jesus ascension scripture.
According to the Acts (1:3), Jesus rose up from the death. According to the Matthew (28:9-10), Luke (24:35-43) and Corinthians (15:6) Christ presented him alive to the women who lives near the tomb, to his fellow and more than 500 peoples respectively.
According to the acts 19-11, after the 40 days of Restoration, Jesus and his fellows went to the Mount Olivet which is situated near Jerusalem. There Christ told his followers about the descent of Holy Spirit. He also promised that they will get it back soon. He told them to stay there (Jerusalem) until the holy spirit come. There he blessed his followers. After that, According to the Luke (24:50-51), Jesus Christ ascend to the heaven
According to the statement of Luke, there are eleven disciples with Jesus. According to Roman Catholic Church Merry, Mother of Jesus is the first human who ascends to the heaven by the power of god. After that Jesus Christ ascends to the heaven.
In short, we can say that the Ascension Day is the day when Jesus Christ ascended to the heaven after his rose from death. The very first time Roman Catholic Church and Anglican Church celebrate this day after the certain (period about 40 days) of Easter. Now it becomes the global event.
Ascension Day 2017
Like every year, Ascension Day 2017 will be celebrated on May 25, 2017. The day mostly celebrated throughout the Christian community. The people of the countries mostly celebrates the day are France, USA, United Kingdom, England. The day is a holiday in different countries as a proclamation of ascension. Some of the countries don’t declare it as a holiday but they observe this day.
Ascension Day 2018, 2019, 2020
For your assistant, I have created a calendar of Ascension Thursday 2018, 2019, 2020. Hope it will help you.
|Year||Ascension Day Date|
|2018||May 10, 2018|
|2019||May 30, 2019|
|2020||May 21, 2020|
Don’t mix it with accession Day 6 February or Others
Usually, accession means the date of accession of the king, emperor, queen. Different countries celebrate this day as the anniversary of the accession. There is no relation between two. Like Queen Elizabeth II Ascension Day is February 6. In Belgium, the ascension day of the king is celebrated as a Belgian National Day. Different series of festival arrange on this occasion which is known as accession day tilts.
But the Ascension Day Jesus is completely different than others. He ascends to the heaven.
Ascension Sunday Vs Ascension Thursday
There are some different opinions about selection this day. Some of the church provides an opinion to celebrate this day after the 43 day of Easter which is on Sunday. According to them Ascension Sunday 2017 is 28th May 2017.
Ascension Day in France 2017
France government declares it as a public holiday for the remembrance of Ascension of Christ. People of France pass this day with their family members. Offices, post office, and other business remain closed on this day. People remain quiet. After the ascension day France 2017, the immediate next day Friday and Saturday will be the holiday.
Thanks for reading. May God bless everybody. Happy Ascension Day
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