Ascension Day is a holiday in Ivory Coast 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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About a third of the population of Ivory Coast are Christian, most of them being either Roman Catholic or Evangelical. About 40 percent is Muslim, and both Christian and Islamic holidays are on the official holiday calendar.
Ascension Day is not as major a holiday as Easter or Christmas, but it has a larger place in Ivory Coast than in many other nations. It is also a key day for the history of the Church and in Christian theology as this is the day Jesus ascended to the heavens and the day on which he commanded his followers to spread the Gospel to all the world.
It is traditional to attend church on Ascension Day or on the Sunday immediately following. A family dinner is also commonly enjoyed, with chicken as the traditional main course. Those living near the coast often head to the beaches for Ascension Day and the following weekend if they can get away.
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