Holy Thursday in Spain in 2025

Holy Thursday in Spain in 2025
  How long until Holy Thursday?
Holy Thursday
  Dates of Holy Thursday in Spain
2025 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
2024 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
2023 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
2022 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
2021 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

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

  Local name
Jueves Santo
  Holy Thursday in other countries
Holy Thursday internationally
  Which regions observe Maundy Thursday in 2025?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday

Holy Thursday in Spain

In Spain, it is generally a public holiday in all regions apart from Catalonia and Valenciana.

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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