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Ascension Day

Ascension Day 2022, 2023 and 2024

Ascension Day is observed on the fortieth day of Easter – 39 days after Easter Sunday – to commemorate Jesus Christ’s ascension to heaven as recorded in the Bible. It is a public holiday across Austria and it always falls on a Thursday.

YearDateDayHoliday
202226 MayThuAscension Day
202318 MayThuAscension Day
20249 MayThuAscension Day
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There are many church-focused events in Austria on Ascension Day. Observant Christians frequently attend mass in the morning. And a large proportion of Austrians will enjoy an elaborate meal with family.

However, this holiday falls in Spring and the day therefore also provides a great opportunity for Austrians to make the most of the warmer weather by spending time outdoors. Some people even take the Friday after Ascension Day off from work to create a four-day weekend in order to travel.

Ascension Plays, which were popular in the middle ages as a means of helping people visualise the ascension of Jesus bodily into heaven, still take place occasionally in Austria – though these religious dramas are less and less common as old traditions fade.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202113 MayThuAscension Day
202021 MayThuAscension Day
201930 MayThuAscension Day
201810 MayThuAscension Day
201725 MayThuAscension Day
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