Holy Thursday in Spain in 2023

Holy Thursday in Spain in 2023

  How long until Holy Thursday?
Holy Thursday
  Dates of Holy Thursday in Spain
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
2020 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
CantabriaThu, 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
2019 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

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 2023?
  AndalucíaApr 6Regional Holiday
  AragonApr 6Regional Holiday
  AsturiasApr 6Regional Holiday
  Balearic IslandsApr 6Regional Holiday
  Basque CountryApr 6Regional Holiday
  Canary IslandsApr 6Regional Holiday
  CantabriaApr 6Regional Holiday
  Castile and LeónApr 6Regional Holiday
  Castilla-La ManchaApr 6Regional Holiday
  CeutaApr 6Regional Holiday
  ExtremaduraApr 6Regional Holiday
  GaliciaApr 6Regional Holiday
  La RiojaApr 6Regional Holiday
  MadridApr 6Regional Holiday
  MelillaApr 6Regional Holiday
  MurciaApr 6Regional Holiday
  NavarraApr 6Regional 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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