Ascension Day is a holiday in Guadeloupe to commemorate Jesus Christ’s ascension to heaven as recorded in the Bible. It is observed on the fortieth day of Easter – 39 days after Easter Sunday – and always fall on a Thursday.
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Guadeloupe is considered a part of France, despite being located in the Caribbean, and it keeps all the same holiday observances as France does.
In Guadeloupe, many will take Friday off too, if they can get it, for a four-day holiday weekend. People tend to visit the beaches, visit museums since they often stay open on Ascension Day, attend a special mass, and eat a hearty meal. Common culinary fare for Ascension Day includes chicken, turkey, lamb, citrus fruits, salad, potato salad, and mushroom soup.
Should the weather be fair, it is also common for celebrants to go on picnics in public parks and spend a lot of time out of doors. Some localities may put on cultural events or sports events, which are also well attended.