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Today's Date: Ascend from your office chair!

Today's bank holiday, Kristi Himmelfartsdag, invariably means most of the country will take tomorrow off as well


The day marks the ascension of Jesus to heaven (photo: Colourbox)

May 29, 2014
10:07

by AJ/CW/BH


Kristi Himmelfartsdag (Ascension Day) on Thursday is a Christian holiday celebrated 40 days after the resurrection of Christ.

Ascension these days means you should get up from your office chair and enjoy the sun.

Most companies and shops also close down on Friday, because who wants to work for just one day before the weekend?

READ MORE: 2014: A year for the leisurely

Thursday holiday not popular with everyone
However, there are some who disapprove of the practice of taking two days off when only one of the days is a bank holiday. Many would like to see the Thursday replaced by another day, possibly at another time of the year that isn't so saturated with bank holidays.

Despite this, the legislators have indicated in the past that if one of the bank holidays is changed, it is more likely to be Store Bededag (Great Prayer Day, on a Friday) or Pinse (Pentecost, on a Monday).

Hypocrisy of Christiansborg 
Two years ago, media outlets and union chiefs criticised Christiansborg for being as quiet as a crypt on the day after Kristi Himmelfartsdag.

Accusations of hypocrisy followed proposals by parliament to get rid of one of the holidays all-together to improve productivity. 

Dennis Kristensen, the head of the FOA union, found it unbelievable that the politicians didn’t live by the same standards that they were trying to impose on the public.

“The fact that they are not in Christiansborg the day after a holiday must be the world's worst commercial for a proposal that will scrap two holidays,” Kristensen told Politiken newspaper in 2012.

“Apparently, politicians feel that what they demand of the public do not extend to themselves. It smells a lot like hypocrisy to me.”

READ MORE: Unions rage over holiday hypocrisy

 




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