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Ascension of Christ Day

Salvador Dali – Ascension

Salvador Dali – Ascension

Today is a national holiday in Indonesia – Ascension Day, when Jesus Christ rose into heaven. I had never heard of it before (the holiday, that is), but because of this feat, millions of Indonesians get a day off.

For me, it was a chance to catch up on some work. The guards at the office were a little surprised to see me working on a Christian holiday. We had a brief chat about it in my rusty Indonesian. It went something like this:

Guard

Sir, today is a holiday.

Me

Yes, but I have a lot of work.

Guard

But what about...?

(Gestures upwards with both hands, correctly guessing that I don't know the Indonesian word for Ascension.)

Me

(Pausing as I grasp for the right words.)

He's already there.

Guard

(Laughs.)