Annually celebrated, ‘Maundy Thursday’ is the fifth day of the Holy Week prior to Good Friday. It is the day that is attributed to the loving memory of Jesus Christ’s Last Supper with his apostles. This Christian day also referred to as the Great and Holy Thursday commemorates the event wherein Jesus washed his disciples’ feet and urged them to love one another.
The event commemorates the ‘Last Supper of Jesus Christ’ and has several other cultural significances associated with it. Succeeding the Spy Wednesday, as it falls on the Thursday before Easter, Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday derives its name Maundy from ‘mandatum’ meaning commandment. The Bible explains Christ’s institution of the Eucharist during his Last Supper. Since then, a tradition of feet-washing at church services has been followed on the day of Maundy Thursday, by the Christian community. On the occasion of Maundy Thursday, Jesus Christ gave a new commandment. The event of Maundy Thursday also commemorates the Last Supper of Christ with his disciples in Jerusalem before his crucifixion. The event also marks the beginning of Easter Triduum – a period which showcases the ‘passion, death and resurrection of Jesus’.
As the holy day on April 1 marks the beginning of the 3-day celebration, people across the world share thoughtful greetings with their near and dear ones.