Ascension Day is a holiday in New Caledonia 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|
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As an overseas collectivity of France, New Caledonia celebrates the same slate of holidays each year. This includes not only Ascension Day but also the related holidays of Easter and Pentecost. Easter Monday and Whit Monday are observed in order to gain long weekends, but it is the preceding Sunday in each case that is the centre of the celebration. In the case of Ascension Day, some take off the following Friday to create a four-day weekend.
Tourists arrive around Ascension Day on cruise liners, but locals too take advantage of the time off from their jobs. The weather is normally nice as the holiday comes sometime in May, and you will see people out on the town or out for a stroll to get some fresh air.
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|2019||30 May||Thu||Ascension Day|
|2018||10 May||Thu||Ascension Day|
|2017||25 May||Thu||Ascension Day|