May 10 is the Christian holiday Ascension Day, but what happened on Ascension Day and how is it celebrated?
Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated the 40th day after Easter Sunday, that commemorates Jesus Christ's ascension into heaven according to Christian belief.
40 days after the resurrection, Jesus and his disciples went to Mount Olivet (Mount of Olives), near Jerusalem.
The Bible says Jesus promised the disciples that they would soon receive the Holy Spirit, and asked them to remain in Jerusalem until the Spirit had come.
As he blessed them he began to ascend into heaven to take his seat at the right hand of God.
The Ascension is meaningful to Christians as it signifies the end of his work on Earth and allowed him to prepare a place for followers in heaven.
Ascension developed as a separate celebration only slowly from the late 4th century onward.
In the Catholic tradition, it begins with a three-day procession to ask for God's mercy, and the feast itself includes a procession of torches and banners symbolising Christ's journey to the Mount of Olives and entry into heaven and an all-night vigil.
The Anglican communion observes the feast but most Protestant churches have abandoned the tradition.
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