Maundy Thursday around the world in 2020

Maundy Thursday around the world in 2020
  How long until Maundy Thursday?
This holiday next takes place in 204 days.
  Dates of Maundy Thursday around the world
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
IndiaThu, Apr 1Regional 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
UruguayThu, Apr 1National Holiday
VenezuelaThu, Apr 1National Holiday
2020 Various Apr 9
ArgentinaThu, Apr 9Not A Public Holiday
ColombiaThu, Apr 9National Holiday
Costa RicaThu, Apr 9National Holiday
DenmarkThu, Apr 9National Holiday
East TimorThu, Apr 9Government Holiday
El SalvadorThu, Apr 9National Holiday
Faroe IslandsThu, Apr 9National Holiday
GreenlandThu, Apr 9National Holiday
GuatemalaThu, Apr 9National Holiday
HondurasThu, Apr 9National Holiday
IcelandThu, Apr 9National Holiday
IndiaThu, Apr 9Regional Holiday
MexicoThu, Apr 9National Holiday
NicaraguaThu, Apr 9National Holiday
NorwayThu, Apr 9National Holiday
ParaguayThu, Apr 9National Holiday
PeruThu, Apr 9National Holiday
PhilippinesThu, Apr 9National Holiday
Spain Apr 9
AndalucíaThu, Apr 9Regional Holiday
AragonThu, Apr 9Regional Holiday
AsturiasThu, Apr 9Regional Holiday
Balearic IslandsThu, Apr 9Regional Holiday
Basque CountryThu, Apr 9Regional Holiday
Canary IslandsThu, Apr 9Regional Holiday
Castile and LeónThu, Apr 9Regional Holiday
Castilla-La ManchaThu, Apr 9Regional Holiday
CeutaThu, Apr 9Regional Holiday
ExtremaduraThu, Apr 9Regional Holiday
GaliciaThu, Apr 9Regional Holiday
La RiojaThu, Apr 9Regional Holiday
MadridThu, Apr 9Regional Holiday
MelillaThu, Apr 9Regional Holiday
MurciaThu, Apr 9Regional Holiday
NavarraThu, Apr 9Regional Holiday
UruguayThu, Apr 9National Holiday
VenezuelaThu, Apr 9National Holiday
2019 Various Apr 18
ArgentinaThu, Apr 18Not A Public Holiday
ColombiaThu, Apr 18National Holiday
Costa RicaThu, Apr 18National Holiday
DenmarkThu, Apr 18National Holiday
East TimorThu, Apr 18Government Holiday
El SalvadorThu, Apr 18National Holiday
Faroe IslandsThu, Apr 18National Holiday
GreenlandThu, Apr 18National Holiday
GuatemalaThu, Apr 18National Holiday
HondurasThu, Apr 18National Holiday
IcelandThu, Apr 18National Holiday
IndiaThu, Apr 18Regional Holiday
MexicoThu, Apr 18National Holiday
NicaraguaThu, Apr 18National Holiday
NorwayThu, Apr 18National Holiday
ParaguayThu, Apr 18National Holiday
PeruThu, Apr 18National Holiday
PhilippinesThu, Apr 18National Holiday
Spain Apr 18
AndalucíaThu, Apr 18Regional Holiday
AragonThu, Apr 18Regional Holiday
AsturiasThu, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Balearic IslandsThu, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Basque CountryThu, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Canary IslandsThu, Apr 18Regional Holiday
CantabriaThu, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Castile and LeónThu, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Castilla-La ManchaThu, Apr 18Regional Holiday
CeutaThu, Apr 18Regional Holiday
ExtremaduraThu, Apr 18Regional Holiday
GaliciaThu, Apr 18Regional Holiday
La RiojaThu, Apr 18Regional Holiday
MadridThu, Apr 18Regional Holiday
MelillaThu, Apr 18Regional Holiday
MurciaThu, Apr 18Regional Holiday
NavarraThu, Apr 18Regional Holiday
UruguayThu, Apr 18National Holiday
VenezuelaThu, Apr 18National Holiday
2018 Various Mar 29
ArgentinaThu, Mar 29Not A Public Holiday
ColombiaThu, Mar 29National Holiday
Costa RicaThu, Mar 29National Holiday
DenmarkThu, Mar 29National Holiday
El SalvadorThu, Mar 29National Holiday
Faroe IslandsThu, Mar 29National Holiday
GreenlandThu, Mar 29National Holiday
GuatemalaThu, Mar 29National Holiday
HondurasThu, Mar 29National Holiday
IcelandThu, Mar 29National Holiday
IndiaThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
MexicoThu, Mar 29National Holiday
NicaraguaThu, Mar 29National Holiday
NorwayThu, Mar 29National Holiday
ParaguayThu, Mar 29National Holiday
PeruThu, Mar 29National Holiday
PhilippinesThu, Mar 29National Holiday
Spain Mar 29
AndalucíaThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
AragonThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
AsturiasThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Balearic IslandsThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Basque CountryThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Castile and LeónThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Castilla-La ManchaThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
CeutaThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
ExtremaduraThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
GaliciaThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
La RiojaThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
MadridThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
MelillaThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
MurciaThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
NavarraThu, Mar 29Regional Holiday
UruguayThu, Mar 29National Holiday
VenezuelaThu, Mar 29National Holiday
2017 Various Apr 13
ArgentinaThu, Apr 13Not A Public Holiday
ColombiaThu, Apr 13National Holiday
Costa RicaThu, Apr 13National Holiday
DenmarkThu, Apr 13National Holiday
El SalvadorThu, Apr 13National Holiday
GuatemalaThu, Apr 13National Holiday
HondurasThu, Apr 13National Holiday
IcelandThu, Apr 13National Holiday
MexicoThu, Apr 13National Holiday
NicaraguaThu, Apr 13National Holiday
NorwayThu, Apr 13National Holiday
ParaguayThu, Apr 13National Holiday
PeruThu, Apr 13National Holiday
PhilippinesThu, Apr 13National Holiday
Spain Apr 13
AndalucíaThu, Apr 13Regional Holiday
AragonThu, Apr 13Regional Holiday
AsturiasThu, Apr 13Regional Holiday
Balearic IslandsThu, Apr 13Regional Holiday
Basque CountryThu, Apr 13Regional Holiday
Canary IslandsThu, Apr 13Regional Holiday
CantabriaThu, Apr 13Regional Holiday
Castile and LeónThu, Apr 13Regional Holiday
Castilla-La ManchaThu, Apr 13Regional Holiday
CeutaThu, Apr 13Regional Holiday
ExtremaduraThu, Apr 13Regional Holiday
GaliciaThu, Apr 13Regional Holiday
La RiojaThu, Apr 13Regional Holiday
MadridThu, Apr 13Regional Holiday
MelillaThu, Apr 13Regional Holiday
MurciaThu, Apr 13Regional Holiday
NavarraThu, Apr 13Regional Holiday
ValencianaThu, Apr 13Regional Holiday
UruguayThu, Apr 13National Holiday
VenezuelaThu, Apr 13National Holiday
  Summary
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 2020?
Argentina  ArgentinaApr 9Not A Public Holiday
Colombia  ColombiaApr 9National Holiday
Costa Rica  Costa RicaApr 9National Holiday
Denmark  DenmarkApr 9National Holiday
East Timor  East TimorApr 9Government Holiday
El Salvador  El SalvadorApr 9National Holiday
Faroe Islands  Faroe IslandsApr 9National Holiday
Greenland  GreenlandApr 9National Holiday
Guatemala  GuatemalaApr 9National Holiday
Honduras  HondurasApr 9National Holiday
Iceland  IcelandApr 9National Holiday
India  IndiaApr 9Regional Holiday
Mexico  MexicoApr 9National Holiday
Nicaragua  NicaraguaApr 9National Holiday
Norway  NorwayApr 9National Holiday
Paraguay  ParaguayApr 9National Holiday
Peru  PeruApr 9National Holiday
Philippines  PhilippinesApr 9National Holiday
Spain  SpainApr 9Regional Holiday
Uruguay  UruguayApr 9National Holiday
Venezuela  VenezuelaApr 9National 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 assumptions is that it is called "green" Thursday because of the green vegetables, people eat on this Fastday, spinach being a favorite. 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 2013, Queen Elizabeth II, 87, will present Maundy Thursday alms purses to 174 people - 87 men and 87 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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