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Holy Week – Maundy Thursday
Christians mark Maundy Thursday, which commemorates the Last Supper, every year on Thursday before Easter, April 14. It’s also known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, and the Thursday of Mysteries in various traditions.
Maundy refers to the foot-washing Jesus provided the apostles prior to the Last Supper. Christians around the world, especially Catholics, mark the day with a special mass and prayers.
The word “Maundy” itself comes from an Anglo-French word derived from the Latin “mandatum,” which means “commandment.”
Foods & Traditions of Maundy Thursday around the World
- In the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Maundy Thursday colloquially translates to Green Thursday, when meals are prepared primarily from fresh, green vegetables.
- In Kerala State, India – unleavened bread is made in homes and consumed with coconut milk.
- Bulgarians colour Easter eggs and clean their houses in preparation for what they call Crucifixion Friday.