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Ascension Day

Ascension Day 2020, 2021 and 2022 in Greenland

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

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The exact date of Ascension Day fluctuates with the date of Easter that year, but it always falls in May or June.

In Greenland, winter remains pretty intense all the way through March, and even April is rather chilly. It is only in May that the weather begins to get relatively warm and pleasant. Ascension Day, therefore, is a great day to go on walks outside, have a picnic, or go on a fishing excursion.

Kristi Himmelfartsdag is the name of Ascension Day in Danish. It is common for people in Greenland and Denmark to take off the Friday following Ascension Day too to create a four-day weekend.