Ascension Day is an official public holiday in Denmark, commemorating the Christian belief in the Ascension of Christ to Heaven 40 days after His Resurrection.
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Ascension Day ranks among the oldest of all Christian holidays, with evidence suggesting it was celebrated by some as early as A.D. 68. The Biblical account of Christ’s Ascension immediately follows the giving of the Great Commission to His watching disciples. He ascended from the Mount of Olives and promised that that would also be the place where He would someday return to set up His Kingdom on the earth.
To many Danes today, Ascension Day is simply one of the many paid off-work days. Nevertheless, churches in Denmark hold special services on Ascension Day, and there are sometimes torch-lit processions around the church building to represent Jesus’ entrance into Heaven.
Traditionally, fruits and vegetables were “blessed,” and farmers held the belief that a sunny Ascension Day indicated a hot, lengthy summer, while a rainy Ascension Day meant a likelihood of crop failure in the year ahead.