Today is Ascension Day: Many European nations take a holiday
Today is Ascension Day, the 40th day of Easter, when the Bible says Jesus ascended to heaven to sit at the right-hand of God. The day is always celebrated on a Thursday and is a public holiday in many countries, including Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and many other European countries. On this day, schools and offices are shut and visitors may find restrictions to shop, restaurant and travel services too. In Sweden many people go out to the woods at 3am or 4am to hear the birds at sunrise. It is considered good luck if a cuckoo is heard from the east or west. These jaunts are called gokotta, or “early cuckoo morning”.