Besides Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter, there is also the Ascension Day of Jesus. The Ascension Day of Jesus is observed to commemorate the day of Jesus’ ascension to heaven. This sacred day always falls on the 40th day after Easter. In Indonesia, the Ascension Day of Jesus has been made into an official holiday, this means people who are not celebrated can also use this opportunity to enjoy the day off.
|2019||30 May||Thursday||Ascension Of Jesus Christ|
|2020||21 May||Thursday||Ascension Of Jesus Christ|
The Ascension Day of Jesus also allows you to travel far. In 2019, the Ascension Day of Jesus is expected to fall on 30 May, meanwhile in 2010 will fall on 21 May. If you are able to take some days off, you can take the Friday off and get a 4 days weekend.
Interestingly, the Ascension Day of Jesus in 2020 happens to fall close to the collective holiday for Idul Fitri 2020. The collective leave is expected to start on Monday, 25 May 2020 and the Ascension Day of Jesus is likely to fall on 21 May. This means you can have a long holiday from 21 May followed by collective leave and Idul Fitri holiday. This would be the right timing for you to plan a trip abroad.
Are you thinking of going somewhere religious to observe the Ascension Day of Jesus holiday? There are a few religious tourist attractions in Indonesia. For example, Blenduk church in the Old Town area of Semarang, Central Java. This church is the oldest in Java and was built in 1753 in the Dutch colonial era. The architecture and design of Blenduk church have a distinct Roman-European character to it, with a copper-skinned dome at the top.
Around Java island, you can visit Kediri, a small town in East Java to observe the Ascension Day of Jesus. In Kediri, there is a Mary Lourdes Grotto or known to the locals as Puh Sarang cave. This cave has a few places for you to go and pray, one that has the Virgin Mary statue and 12 water fountains which represent the 12 disciples. There are also statues around that describe Jesus’ sacrifice with the cross.
Looking further west, in North Sumatra of Sumatra island, the Our Lady of Good Health Church (Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni) is a great destination to observe and celebrate the Ascension Day of Jesus. The design of this church, which resembles a Buddhist temple is very unique. The church has become an important site of pilgrimage in Indonesia and is located at Jalan Sakura III No 7, Medan.
If you are interested in exploring the eastern part of Indonesia, Bukit Doa Pinaling in Manado is an excellent place to go. This religious site has been around since 1995, and there are at least 14 prayer points in this hill. Just right behind the hill, the visitor can find a beautiful waterfall. The prayer hill which is situated in a quiet, serene village will enhance your religious experience on holiday.
Besides going to the mass, visiting religious sites mentioned above is an excellent way to deepen and strengthen your religious views. This way, the sacred moment of Good Friday and the Ascension Day of Jesus can be adequately observed.
For those of you who are not celebrating, you can still use this holiday to go on a vacation with the family. By discovering the dates of the holiday early, you can plan your vacation ahead of time. Use Traveloka for easy flights hotel bookings and save more money by utilizing the Flights + Hotel package. By using booking this combo, you will be able to get a better deal and book the two at one go. Let's plan your holiday with Traveloka!