Ascension Day is a holiday in French Polynesia 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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|2024||9 May||Thu||Ascension Day|
|2025||29 May||Thu||Ascension Day|
|2026||14 May||Thu||Ascension Day|
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French Polynesia has most of the same holidays as does France, and this includes the Christian holiday of Ascension Day.
Ascension Day is based on the ascension of Jesus Christ as recounted in the Bible, in several Gospel accounts and in the Book of Acts. It is a part of the string of Christian holidays spanning from the birth of Christ, Christmas Day, to the birth of the church, which is Pentecost. Ascension Day comes 10 days before Pentecost and 39 days after Easter.
Many businesses close down for Ascension Day, which is a Thursday, but some are still open. Churches may have a special service on Thursday, or they may just wait until the following Sunday to do so. There may be high traffic as many go on mini-vacations and visit French Polynesia’s many beautiful beaches.
|2022||26 May||Thu||Ascension Day|
|2021||13 May||Thu||Ascension Day|
|2020||21 May||Thu||Ascension Day|
|2019||30 May||Thu||Ascension Day|
|2018||10 May||Thu||Ascension Day|
|2017||25 May||Thu||Ascension Day|