Maundy Thursday is also known as Holy Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Thursday of Mysteries and Sheer Thursday. It is a Christian feast being celebrated during the holy week. Maundy Thursday is in between Holy Wednesday and Good Friday.
When is Maundy Thursday in 2017
Maundy Thursday falls on Thursday, 13 of April 2017
Maundy Thursday is always celebrated during holy week depending on the Catholic Holy Week Calendar. Holy Week celebrates either on March or April.
Where Maundy Thursday is being celebrate
Maundy Thursday is being celebrated by Christian communities around the world.
What people do during Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus. It is being celebrated around the world but in this article we will focus on how Catholic Filipinos celebrate Maundy Thursday. During this day, Catholic churches are organising a Visita Iglesia. It is an activity where in people will visit seven churches. It can be done either in a big group or just you and your family. Some choose to visit 14 churches to symbolize 14 Stations of the Cross.
Maundy Thursday until Black Saturday is announce as non-working holiday and all offices and schools and even malls are closed for these days. This is treated by the Catholics as a day to reflect and pray to the Lord. This tradition was adapted by the Filipinos from the Spaniards.
Interesting facts about Maundy Thursday
The word Maundy came from the latin word mandatum meaning command. In Germany, Grundonnerstagssuppe is the traditional soup being consumed during Maundy Thursday. It is a green soup made of spinach, cucumber, green onion and parsley.
It was during the last supper when Jesus washes the feet of the disciples, this event symbolises the humble act of the rulers. It reminds us that rulers are here to serve his people and not the other way around.
In England, the Queen still practises the traditional Maundy Thursday. During the Maundy Thursday the British Monarch giving away Maundy Money to the poor in Westminster Abbey but today Queen Elizabeth II is doing it in different Church.
When is Maundy Thursday in 2018
In 2018, Maundy Thursday will celebrate on 29 of March, Thursday.