Today is a public holiday in Germany as well in some other European countries. Feast of Ascension is also known as Ascension Thursday, Holy Thursday or Ascension Day, commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven.
In Germany we celebrate this day as Father’s Day. It has developed from the celebration of fathers in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting. It established in Germany at the end of the 19th century mainly in the Berlin area. Originally, the young men should be introduced into the customs and traditions of men that day.
That’s why the adult men started to a men trip with the younger ones. Of course it ended mostly when they all are hammered and walk home in wavy lines. Nowadays the young ones start their celebration on their own. They meet mostly early in the morning and packing a handcart full of beer and pull the wagon through the countryside. In the last years the handcarts were getting bigger because the kids put a sound system on it also. So where ever you are at the countryside, you can hear them young folks music even if you don’t see them.
I don’t celebrate Father’s Day this way for ages, but it is a good opportunity to meet some guys downtown to talk to them while having a couples of drinks.