Maundy Thursday in Western Christianity Date in the current year: March 24, 2016

Maundy Thursday in Western Christianity Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter. This holy day commemorates the Maundy (washing of the feet) and the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. It is a public holiday in some countries.

Maundy Thursday is also referred to as Holy Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Thursday of Mysteries, and Sheer Thursday. The prevalence of each name depends on the geographical area. The date of the holiday always falls between March 19 and April 22 inclusive.

In Western Christianity, the Mass of the Chrism takes place in each diocese in the morning. The bishop blesses the holy oils that are to be used at the coming Easter Vigil. In many Christian churches, the rite of foot washing is a customary component of the Maundy Thursday celebration.

On the evening of Maundy Thirsday, the so-called Easter Triduum begins. It is the three-day period that recalls the passion, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as portrayed in four canonical gospels.

Maundy Thursday is a public holiday in Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Iceland, Mexico, Norway, Paraguay, the Philippines, Spain, and Venezuela. In some German states, it is declared an official holiday for public sector employees.

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