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Ascension Day

Ascension Day 2021, 2022 and 2023

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.

YearDateDayHolidayStates
202113 MayThuAscension Day National
202226 MayThuAscension Day National
202318 MayThuAscension Day National
20249 MayThuAscension Day National
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

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.┬áMen’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.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHolidayStates
202021 MayThuAscension Day National
201930 MayThuAscension Day National
201810 MayThuAscension Day National
201725 MayThuAscension Day National