Ascension Day in Germany commemorates Jesus’s ascension to heaven as recorded in the Bible, and is celebrated 40 days after Easter. It always falls on a Thursday.
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In Germany, this holiday has been celebrated for centuries and has been an official public holiday since 1936. Mostly celebrated by Catholics, this day begins with church services. The Easter candle is put out and street marches involving torches and banners are common.
On Ascension Day, the International Charlemagne Prize is given to a person who has donated much of their time to peace and helping others in the community. Men’s day is also celebrated on the same day as Ascension Day in Germany because, back in the 18th century, gifts were given to fathers after the Ascension Day street parades.