Ascension Day is a holiday in Réunion 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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|2023||18 May||Thu||Ascension Day|
|2024||9 May||Thu||Ascension Day|
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In Réunion, as in France, Ascension Day is a public observance. In Christian theology, it ranks in importance with the birth, death, resurrection, and church-founding work of Christ. These correspond, respectively, to the holidays of Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, and Pentecost.
Ascension Day stands as the link between Easter and Pentecost, the former coming 39 days earlier and the latter 10 days afterward. While some overlook Ascension Day, it has tremendous implications for the Church and its mission in the world. It is, after all, the day on which Christ gave the Great Commission recorded in Mathew Chapter 28.
It’s traditional to eat a dinner with poultry as the main dish on Ascension Day, but many in Réunion may stick to fish and seafood. The beach shores are likely to be crowded on Ascension Thursday as well as people seek to make the most of their day off.
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|2020||21 May||Thu||Ascension Day|
|2019||30 May||Thu||Ascension Day|
|2018||10 May||Thu||Ascension Day|
|2017||25 May||Thu||Ascension Day|