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- For other meanings see Ascension (disambiguation)
The Ascension is one of the great feasts in the Christian liturgical calendar, and commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into Heaven forty days after his resurrection from the dead. The event is recorded in the New Testament in Acts Chapter 1. In the Eastern Orthodox Church the Ascension is one of twelve Great Feasts.
Ascension Day is always a Thursday; in some churches (especially in the United States) it is commemorated on the subsequent Sunday (the Sunday before Pentecost). The three days before Ascension Thursday are sometimes referred to as the Rogation days (and the previous Sunday as Rogation Sunday). In some countries (e.g. Scandinavia or Germany) it is a public holiday; Germany also holds its Father's Day on the same date.
Dates of Ascension Day in various years:
According to Welsh superstition, it is unlucky to do any work on Ascension Day.
In Devon, it was an ancient belief that the clouds always formed into the familiar Christian image of a lamb.
Eggs laid on this day will never go bad and will guarantee good luck for a household if placed in the roof.
Those suffering from goitre should bite into the bark of a peach tree at midnight on Ascension Day, so that the disease passes to the tree and the sufferer is cured.
Gifts to the blind or lame made on this day are sure to be rewarded with great wealth within the following twelve months.
- Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Cosmic Voyages
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