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Ascension, Father, Men Day

June 1, 2011

Weird title I know. I almost deleted this post twice. Only because I am a little piss. This Thursday June 2 is Ascension Day/Christi Himmelfahrt which is also known as Men’s Day and Father’s Day. It is an official holiday all of Germany where post offices, banks, stores and other businesses are closed. However, some tourist stores may be open, restaurants, stores at railway stations, airports and along highways are usually open. There are some restrictions on selling alcohol, public performances and dancing. Public transport services may run as usual, a reduced service or no service depending on where one lives or wants to travel.


Ascension Day is an important holiday for many Christians, especially Catholics. It has been a public holiday in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1936. It was a public holiday in the German Democratic Republic from 1950 until 1966 and in 1990, when Germany was united. It is a public holiday in Germany to mark Jesus’ ascension to heaven. It is the 40th day of Easter (or 39 days after Easter Sunday). If you don’t care to do the math each year here is a link: Ascension Day Calendar

Christians attend special church services on Ascension Day to celebrate Jesus’ ascension into heaven. In some rural Catholic areas, a procession (Oeschprozession, Flurprozession) of religious banners is held in the fields around the villages. Four different Bible texts are read at four ‘stations’ during these processions.


The International Charlemagne Prize is presented in the city of Aachen on Ascension Day. It is presented to someone who made a valuable contribution to humanity and world peace, particularly in the field of western European understanding and community. It is named after Charlemagne (Charles the Great), who was the king of the Franks from 768 CE until 814 CE. Aachen was his capital city and he put a lot of effort to establish peace between warring tribes in and around his kingdom.

Ascension Day is also known as Father’s Day (Vatertag) or Men’s Day (Maennertag, Herrentag) in some parts of Germany. Groups of male friends or male relatives spend a day together. They often take part in an outdoor activity, such as a walk in the country or a horse-and-cart ride. More information how they celebrate Father day in Germany known as Vatertag/Herrenta is found here: Celebration of Father’s Day and Vatertag different part of Germany

The reason why I am a bit piss and almost deleted this post twice is because when it was Mother’s Day it was just a normal day. Everything was open, no special church day, no nothing! So unfair!

With that said Happy Father Day!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 1, 2011 11:04 am

    thanks for history lesson

  2. June 1, 2011 5:41 pm

    “The reason why I am a bit piss and almost deleted this post twice is because when it was Mother’s Day it was just a normal day. Everything was open, no special church day, no nothing! So unfair! ”

    Figures.

    • June 1, 2011 6:02 pm

      Tell me about it, lol. When John said to me a couple of days ago that he has tomorrow off because it is an official holiday. I asked him what type. He tried to explain it so I looked it up myself and said isn’t that something. It is father day. Surprise he didn’t know that. Well not really. He still remember all the American holidays. I give him a break. It is only one year and half we have been living here and that he has been back.

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