9 responses to Are Amish Shops Open on Ascension Day?
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    Kevin L.
    Comment on Are Amish Shops Open on Ascension Day? (May 29th, 2014 at 06:30)

    I do find it interesting which religous holidays the amish do observe. We ran into that once when we found the Amish stores closed on St. Michael’s day. Of course the observance of ascension is different among Catholics as well. Some diocese observe it today while others (mine included) transfer the observance to Sunday.

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    MaryEtta
    Comment on Are Amish Shops Open on Ascension Day? (May 29th, 2014 at 07:38)

    The community at Arthur IL observes
    ascension. I am not sure which Amish they are
    associated with.

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    Slightly-Handled-Order-Man
    Comment on Are Amish Shops Open on Ascension Day? (May 29th, 2014 at 07:52)

    Interesting stuff.
    Yesterday I was going about my business and walking toward the bus stop nearest my home, when I spotted two clearly Old Order people walking down other side of the street. They very clearly stood out from everyone else in the area, the man was wearing a straw hat and suspenders and the woman was even more conservatively dressed in very long dress, the V-shaped shall thing, and black pleated prayer cap, her blouse; the arms of which you could see where a striking purple to the rest of her black clothing.
    I noticed that they walked over to the local donut shop opposite the bus stop I was waiting at. Taking a bus that takes longer to arrive, I saw them leave the store, happily munching on sugary doughy treats as they walked in the direction they came and then climbed into a friend or relative’s mini-van.
    I am just saying because I just don’t see that many Old Order or Plain People in my municipality or in my neighbourhood, frankly, since last summer these where the second and third Plain Person I’d seen
    Sorry for going off topic. Otherwise I’d like to wish those Amish and other folks who mark the day a spiritually uplifting Ascension Day.

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    Susan J
    Comment on Are Amish Shops Open on Ascension Day? (May 29th, 2014 at 17:05)

    Are Amish Shops Open on Ascension Day?

    It is very interesting that many Amish observe Ascension day as a holy day. Since it is celebrated 40 days after Easter, it will always fall on a Thursday. In the Catholic church it is refered to as Ascension Thursday.

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      ShipshewanaIndiana
      Comment on Are Amish Shops Open on Ascension Day? (May 29th, 2014 at 18:12)

      Amish shops are closed on Ascension day in the communities of Arthur, Illinois and both Elkhart Lagrange and Nappanee in Indiana. I cannot speak about other communities. Even the local english owned RV factories are closed — a reflection of their Amish workforce.

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    J T
    Comment on Are Amish Shops Open on Ascension Day? (May 29th, 2014 at 18:16)

    In Synder county, Pa., today all of the businesses were closed as well as most of the Mennonite businesses. Actually most businesses are Mennonite owned but employe Amish associates in order to present an Amish owned image. Very clever marketing.
    On a side note, at the Green Dragon in Epharta, Pa a friend, of Asia descent owns a seafood stall that employes only Amish workers in order to present an Amish owned image.

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on Are Amish Shops Open on Ascension Day? (May 29th, 2014 at 20:49)

    I was in Arthur, Ill. earlier this week and picked up a copy of this year’s Arthur Amish Country Visitors Guide which includes a month-by-month calendar of special events. In the May listings, for
    May 29 it states, “Ascension Day — All Amish Businesses Closed”.

    Thanks, Susan, for sharing that Ascension Day is always on a Thursday. I hadn’t realized that before.

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    Comment on Are Amish Shops Open on Ascension Day? (May 30th, 2014 at 05:56)

    The Troyer Amish of Conewango, NY and the upstart communities of Angelica, Dansville and Wellsville are closed on Ascension day.
    Tom The Backroads Traveller

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    Comment on Are Amish Shops Open on Ascension Day? (May 30th, 2014 at 06:18)

    Thanks for the contributions on other communities. More support for the idea that most Amish observe this day.

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