Ascension Day is a holiday in Burkina Faso 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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Burkina Faso is around 60 percent Islamic and 23 percent Christian, and both Muslim and Christian holidays have national public holiday status.
Many people in Burkina Faso will take the day off work and spend time at home with friends and family. They may also attend church on Ascension Day and hear a sermon on the Session, or Reign, of Christ from Heaven or on the order to evangelize the world He gave His followers as He went up into the sky.
Although Ascension Day is a low-key holiday and there are not many special events, it is a time when the devout meditate on the meaning of Christ’s Ascension and when people take the chance to get outside in the beautiful spring weather.