Ascension Day is a holiday in Wallis and Futuna 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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Wallis and Futuna, as an overseas department of France in the South Pacific, follows the same repertoire of public holidays as does France itself for the most part. This includes Ascension Day, known as “the fortieth day of Easter”.
Many places of business will close down for the day or operate on shortened schedules. Public transportation may also operate on altered timetables during Ascension Day. Children will be out of school on both Ascension Day, which is a Thursday, and on the following Friday. This frees them up for what is called “The Bridge of Ascension”, a four-day weekend of fun and relaxation.
Parents, too, usually get some time off work for Ascension Day weekend. They spend it at church, at home, at the beach, or out shopping or exploring local parks or nature reserves. The early summer or late spring weather is balmy enough in Wallis and Futuna, and people are keen to take the chance to get outside.
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