Ascension Day is a holiday in Cameroon 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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On Ascension Day, the Paschal candle is finally put out. This large, white candle is lit on Easter Sunday and burns until Ascension Day each year. It is also used on special occasions, like baptisms, at other times throughout the year, and a new candle is first used each year at Easter.
Mostly Roman Catholics and Anglican believers celebrate Ascension Day, and there are large numbers of both groups in Cameroon. This holiday has been observed at least since A.D. 385 in Western Christianity, and some say since A.D. 68. There are often church processions with torches and banners on Ascension Day, and some bring produce to mass to be blessed by priests.
Many banks, businesses, and schools will close down for Ascension Day, and many people will relax at home or take time to shop or enjoy other forms of entertainment.