Ascension Day is a holiday in Botswana 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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In Botswana, as in many other African nations with a Christian heritage, Ascension Day holds an official place on the national holiday calendar.
Around 80 percent of Botswanans are Christian, and about two-thirds are Protestant. The largest denominations are Anglicans, Methodists, and Congregationalists. Many of these churches have a church calendar that includes celebrating Ascension Day, and thus, it was easy for the date to gain public holiday status as well.
In Botswana, most businesses and schools shut down for the day on Ascension Day, and the stock market also closes. Many churches have special services to remember the Ascension of Christ to His Heavenly Throne and the giving of the Great Commission to His disciples as he ascended.