Kristi Himmelfartsdag

Kristi Himmelfartsdag

Unlike its name implies, Kristi Himmelfartsdag is a serious religious holiday also known as Ascension day. Unfortunately the name is a bit humorous in English. It has nothing to do with "farts"!

This is not an unique holiday for Denmark, since it is celebrated in most western countries. In Denmark, it is a paid holiday, where almost all businesses are closed. Some businesses will also close on Friday, but this is not a paid holiday.

The holiday is to commemorate Christ's ascension into heaven, which occurred 40 days after his resurrection. This is always celebrated on the 6th Thursday after Sk√¶rtorsdag (Holy Thursday), so the date always changes from year to year.  This year it will be held on May 05, 2016

If an employee takes off on the following Friday, they will usually have to take a free day or day without pay. Even if the whole company closes and an employee does not wish to take off, they might be obliged to do so and without pay. So it is in Denmark.

Some companies will pay holiday pay, but it does not seem to be the norm.

Kristi Himmelfartsdag Traditions

Not much is done to celebrate this day in Denmark outside of the church. There are services in some churches and you will have to check with your local church to see what their programs are. Most large churches will have a service. It is smaller churches that may not.

Most Danes do not celebrate this as a religious holiday, but celebrate the fact that they have a day off and can enjoy the good weather (hopefully) in their yards, relaxing or getting together with friends.

Rarely will you find large numbers in church celebrating the meaning of the celebration. Learn more about religion in Denmark.

You can also learn more about other holidays here.

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