Maundy Thursday around the world in 2025

Maundy Thursday around the world in 2025
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Maundy Thursday
  Dates of Maundy Thursday around the world
2025 Various Apr 17
ArgentinaThu, Apr 17Not A Public Holiday
ColombiaThu, Apr 17National Holiday
Costa RicaThu, Apr 17National Holiday
DenmarkThu, Apr 17National Holiday
East TimorThu, Apr 17Government Holiday
El SalvadorThu, Apr 17National Holiday
Faroe IslandsThu, Apr 17National Holiday
GreenlandThu, Apr 17National Holiday
GuatemalaThu, Apr 17National Holiday
HondurasThu, Apr 17National Holiday
IcelandThu, Apr 17National Holiday
IndiaThu, Apr 17Regional Holiday
MexicoThu, Apr 17National Holiday
NicaraguaThu, Apr 17National Holiday
NorwayThu, Apr 17National Holiday
ParaguayThu, Apr 17National Holiday
PeruThu, Apr 17National Holiday
PhilippinesThu, Apr 17National Holiday
Spain Apr 17
AndalucíaThu, Apr 17Regional Holiday
AragonThu, Apr 17Regional Holiday
AsturiasThu, Apr 17Regional Holiday
Balearic IslandsThu, Apr 17Regional Holiday
Basque CountryThu, Apr 17Regional Holiday
Canary IslandsThu, Apr 17Regional Holiday
CantabriaThu, Apr 17Regional Holiday
Castile and LeónThu, Apr 17Regional Holiday
Castilla-La ManchaThu, Apr 17Regional Holiday
CeutaThu, Apr 17Regional Holiday
ExtremaduraThu, Apr 17Regional Holiday
GaliciaThu, Apr 17Regional Holiday
La RiojaThu, Apr 17Regional Holiday
MadridThu, Apr 17Regional Holiday
MelillaThu, Apr 17Regional Holiday
MurciaThu, Apr 17Regional Holiday
NavarraThu, Apr 17Regional Holiday
US Virgin IslandsThu, Apr 17National Holiday
UruguayThu, Apr 17National Holiday
VenezuelaThu, Apr 17National Holiday
2024 Various Mar 28
ArgentinaThu, Mar 28Not A Public Holiday
ColombiaThu, Mar 28National Holiday
Costa RicaThu, Mar 28National Holiday
DenmarkThu, Mar 28National Holiday
East TimorThu, Mar 28Government Holiday
El SalvadorThu, Mar 28National Holiday
Faroe IslandsThu, Mar 28National Holiday
GreenlandThu, Mar 28National Holiday
GuatemalaThu, Mar 28National Holiday
HondurasThu, Mar 28National Holiday
IcelandThu, Mar 28National Holiday
IndiaThu, Mar 28Regional Holiday
MexicoThu, Mar 28National Holiday
NicaraguaThu, Mar 28National Holiday
NorwayThu, Mar 28National Holiday
ParaguayThu, Mar 28National Holiday
PeruThu, Mar 28National Holiday
PhilippinesThu, Mar 28National Holiday
Spain Mar 28
AndalucíaThu, Mar 28Regional Holiday
AragonThu, Mar 28Regional Holiday
AsturiasThu, Mar 28Regional Holiday
Balearic IslandsThu, Mar 28Regional Holiday
Basque CountryThu, Mar 28Regional Holiday
Canary IslandsThu, Mar 28Regional Holiday
CantabriaThu, Mar 28Regional Holiday
Castile and LeónThu, Mar 28Regional Holiday
Castilla-La ManchaThu, Mar 28Regional Holiday
CeutaThu, Mar 28Regional Holiday
ExtremaduraThu, Mar 28Regional Holiday
GaliciaThu, Mar 28Regional Holiday
La RiojaThu, Mar 28Regional Holiday
MadridThu, Mar 28Regional Holiday
MelillaThu, Mar 28Regional Holiday
MurciaThu, Mar 28Regional Holiday
NavarraThu, Mar 28Regional Holiday
US Virgin IslandsThu, Mar 28National Holiday
UruguayThu, Mar 28National Holiday
VenezuelaThu, Mar 28National Holiday
2023 Various Apr 6
ArgentinaThu, Apr 6Not A Public Holiday
ColombiaThu, Apr 6National Holiday
Costa RicaThu, Apr 6National Holiday
DenmarkThu, Apr 6National Holiday
East TimorThu, Apr 6Government Holiday
El SalvadorThu, Apr 6National Holiday
Faroe IslandsThu, Apr 6National Holiday
GreenlandThu, Apr 6National Holiday
GuatemalaThu, Apr 6National Holiday
HondurasThu, Apr 6National Holiday
IcelandThu, Apr 6National Holiday
IndiaThu, Apr 6Regional Holiday
MexicoThu, Apr 6National Holiday
NicaraguaThu, Apr 6National Holiday
NorwayThu, Apr 6National Holiday
ParaguayThu, Apr 6National Holiday
PeruThu, Apr 6National Holiday
PhilippinesThu, Apr 6National Holiday
Spain Apr 6
AndalucíaThu, Apr 6Regional Holiday
AragonThu, Apr 6Regional Holiday
AsturiasThu, Apr 6Regional Holiday
Balearic IslandsThu, Apr 6Regional Holiday
Basque CountryThu, Apr 6Regional Holiday
Canary IslandsThu, Apr 6Regional Holiday
CantabriaThu, Apr 6Regional Holiday
Castile and LeónThu, Apr 6Regional Holiday
Castilla-La ManchaThu, Apr 6Regional Holiday
CeutaThu, Apr 6Regional Holiday
ExtremaduraThu, Apr 6Regional Holiday
GaliciaThu, Apr 6Regional Holiday
La RiojaThu, Apr 6Regional Holiday
MadridThu, Apr 6Regional Holiday
MelillaThu, Apr 6Regional Holiday
MurciaThu, Apr 6Regional Holiday
NavarraThu, Apr 6Regional Holiday
US Virgin IslandsThu, Apr 6National Holiday
UruguayThu, Apr 6National Holiday
VenezuelaThu, Apr 6National Holiday
2022 Various Apr 14
ArgentinaThu, Apr 14Not A Public Holiday
ColombiaThu, Apr 14National Holiday
Costa RicaThu, Apr 14National Holiday
DenmarkThu, Apr 14National Holiday
East TimorThu, Apr 14Government Holiday
El SalvadorThu, Apr 14National Holiday
Faroe IslandsThu, Apr 14National Holiday
GreenlandThu, Apr 14National Holiday
GuatemalaThu, Apr 14National Holiday
HondurasThu, Apr 14National Holiday
IcelandThu, Apr 14National Holiday
IndiaThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
MexicoThu, Apr 14National Holiday
NicaraguaThu, Apr 14National Holiday
NorwayThu, Apr 14National Holiday
ParaguayThu, Apr 14National Holiday
PeruThu, Apr 14National Holiday
PhilippinesThu, Apr 14National Holiday
Spain Apr 14
AndalucíaThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
AragonThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
AsturiasThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
Balearic IslandsThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
Basque CountryThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
Canary IslandsThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
CantabriaThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
Castile and LeónThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
Castilla-La ManchaThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
CeutaThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
ExtremaduraThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
GaliciaThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
La RiojaThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
MadridThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
MelillaThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
MurciaThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
NavarraThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
ValencianaThu, Apr 14Regional Holiday
US Virgin IslandsThu, Apr 14National Holiday
UruguayThu, Apr 14National Holiday
VenezuelaThu, Apr 14National Holiday
2021 Various Apr 1
ArgentinaThu, Apr 1Not A Public Holiday
ColombiaThu, Apr 1National Holiday
Costa RicaThu, Apr 1National Holiday
DenmarkThu, Apr 1National Holiday
East TimorThu, Apr 1Government Holiday
El SalvadorThu, Apr 1National Holiday
Faroe IslandsThu, Apr 1National Holiday
GreenlandThu, Apr 1National Holiday
GuatemalaThu, Apr 1National Holiday
HondurasThu, Apr 1National Holiday
IcelandThu, Apr 1National Holiday
MexicoThu, Apr 1National Holiday
NicaraguaThu, Apr 1National Holiday
NorwayThu, Apr 1National Holiday
ParaguayThu, Apr 1National Holiday
PeruThu, Apr 1National Holiday
PhilippinesThu, Apr 1National Holiday
Spain Apr 1
AndalucíaThu, Apr 1Regional Holiday
AragonThu, Apr 1Regional Holiday
AsturiasThu, Apr 1Regional Holiday
Balearic IslandsThu, Apr 1Regional Holiday
Basque CountryThu, Apr 1Regional Holiday
Canary IslandsThu, Apr 1Regional Holiday
CantabriaThu, Apr 1Regional Holiday
Castile and LeónThu, Apr 1Regional Holiday
Castilla-La ManchaThu, Apr 1Regional Holiday
CeutaThu, Apr 1Regional Holiday
ExtremaduraThu, Apr 1Regional Holiday
GaliciaThu, Apr 1Regional Holiday
La RiojaThu, Apr 1Regional Holiday
MadridThu, Apr 1Regional Holiday
MelillaThu, Apr 1Regional Holiday
MurciaThu, Apr 1Regional Holiday
NavarraThu, Apr 1Regional Holiday
US Virgin IslandsThu, Apr 1National Holiday
UruguayThu, Apr 1National Holiday
VenezuelaThu, Apr 1National Holiday

Also Known as Holy Thursday, Maundy Thursday commemorates the last supper and established the ceremony known as the Eucharist

  Which countries observe Maundy Thursday in 2025?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday

When is Maundy Thursday?

Also known as Holy Thursday or Good Thursday, Maundy Thursday has been celebrated since the earliest days of the Christian Church.

It commemorates Jesus' last supper with his disciples and the institution of the Lord's Supper and established the ceremony known as the Eucharist.

The night of Maundy Thursday is the night on which Jesus was betrayed by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane.

What is the meaning of Maundy Thursday?

Holy Thursday is called Maundy Thursday from the old Latin name for the day, "Dies Mandatum," i.e. "the day of the new commandment" referring to the command given by Christ at the Last Supper, that we should love one another before he washed the feet of his disciples.

Preceding Good Friday, it also played a role in rural customs. A popular assumption is that it is called "green" Thursday because of the green vegetables, people eat on this Fast day, spinach being a favourite. In Germany, the tradition is to eat a big fresh salad.

Catholic churches do not ring their bells, they fall silent until Easter. The place of the bells is taken by rattles and other noisemakers, which call the faithful to service. "The bells have flown to Rome," people would say.

In the United Kingdom, the tradition of the sovereign giving alms to the poor on Maundy Thursday stretches back to at least the 12th Century and there are continuous records from the reign of King Edward 1. From the middle ages, the number of recipients mirrors the sovereign's years. In 2021, Queen Elizabeth II, 94, will present Maundy Thursday alms purses to 188 people - 94 men and 94 women.

From about 600 AD St Augustine noted the ceremony also involved the king, queen or their representative washing the feet of the poor. This foot washing tradition continued until the 18th Century. Even today nosegays or posies are still carried in the royal procession - a reminder of when foot odour needed disguising!

The distribution of the alms comes in two parts. The red purse contains an allowance in place of food and clothing given in bygone times. In the white purse, there are Maundy coins, as many pence as the Queen is years old. The coins are legal tender, but because they are so rare, they are sought after by collectors.

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