Today’s date: Kristi Himmelfartsdag (Ascension Day) – The Post

Today’s date: Kristi Himmelfartsdag (Ascension Day)

You may be able to sneak Friday off as well, like the politicians do

Friday’s not a holiday in Denmark, but it might as well be (photo: iStock)
May 14th, 2015 7:00 am| by Christian W
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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, or if you are a football fan you could go see the Danish cup final which is always held on this day.

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

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 
Three 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.”