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Ascension Day

Ascension Day 2017 and 2018

People all throughout the Central European nation of Austria celebrate Ascension Day every year. It is a Christian holiday that marks Easter’s fortieth day – it takes place 40 days after Easter each year.

YearDateDayHoliday
201725 MayThuAscension Day
201810 MayThuAscension Day

Ascension Day acknowledges and shows respect for Jesus Christ’s rise into heaven.  It is considered to be a public holiday in the country similarly to Whit Monday, Assumption Day, All Saints’ Day and National Day. Ascension Day occurs on Thursdays of the week without exception.

People in Austria consider Ascension Day to be a public day of rest. That’s why you won’t find too many Austrians heading to their jobs on the national holiday. Austrians consider Ascension Day to be an opportunity to take it easy and revel in the company of the people they care about the most. They generally view Ascension Day as a good chance to be around their family members and friends. Banks, stores and post offices are mostly closed on Ascension Day in Austria. Dining establishments, however, are often open to the public.

There are many event options available to Austrians on Ascension Day. Austrians frequently attend mass on the public holiday. They often prepare and enjoy delicious and elaborate meals with the people in their lives, too.

“Ascension Plays” refer to religious dramas that rose in popularity during the Middle Ages. These dramas depicted how Jesus Christ amazingly vanished in the sky. Church services for Ascension Day frequently followed these plays. Although these plays for the most part died out after the Middle Ages, they remained alive and strong in Tyrol, Austria for quite a long time. These kinds of plays lingered in Tyrol until the 1900s rolled around. Tyrol is a state that’s located in the western region of the nation. There are even some communities that have similar customs to this day. If you see a crucifix above a church steeple on Ascension Day anywhere in Tyrol, that could be a remnant of the old Ascension Day tradition.

There are so many ways for people in Austria to enjoy the spirit of Ascension Day every year. Austria is a nation that’s home to a vast selection of beautiful and tranquil public parks. People who want to make the most of Ascension Day may wish to celebrate the public holiday by heading to a nice park in their neighborhoods.

Some prominent parks that are located in the capital city of Vienna include Volksgarten, Prater, Stadtpark, Augarten and Sigmund Freud Park. Volksgarten is a stunning public park that features immaculate rose gardens, fountains and temples galore. Stadtpark is a public park that has roots that go all the way back to the nineteenth century. It has a nice British ambiance as well. Sigmund Freud Park, last but not least, is a spacious and airy park that’s ideal for people who simply want to take it easy and enjoy their precious days off.

There’s no arguing that Ascension Day in Austria is a time for togetherness, rest and relaxation.