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When is Maundy Thursday in 2023?

Maundy Thursday in 2023 is on the Thursday, 6th of Apr (4/06/2023).

Maundy Thursday is on the 96th day of 2023. There are 269 days left in the year.

Maundy Thursday Facts

  • Date: Apr 06, 2023
  • National
  • Also Called: Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday
  • Celebrations: Communion service
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Maundy Thursday is a Christian festival celebrated by Christians around the world, especially in countries dominated by Christianity such as large parts of Europe, USA etc. The day is celebrated on a Thursday before Easter and usually falls in the early parts of April. The day is celebrated to commemorate the occasion of Last Supper of Jesus Christ, as described in the Bible, whereby Jesus shared a meal with his disciples a day before his crucification.

The word Maundy is believed to be derived from the word "mandatum" which literally means commands, and this refers to the commandments given by Jesus to his disciples on this day. Maundy Thursday is perhaps one of the oldest holy traditions in Christianity with evidence of the day being observed from medieval times itself. In olden days, the festival was better known as Shere Thursday, with Shere literally translating to "guilt free".

Back then, Christians believed that penance on this day was the way to get rid of all the sins and to achieve purity of the soul. Baptism was also strongly related to the day, and the tradition continues to this day in some parts of Europe.

The ways of celebrating Maundy Thursday differ from region to region. Generally speaking, it is a more solemn festival as compared to Easter, with people spending their time praying and doing communal service. Although over time, the festival has lost its significance, with many churches around the world not celebrating the day, there are still some who celebrate the day with all its traditions and customs.

A tradition associated with this day which is common across all the churches is the act of washing feet of the old and the ill. This ceremony is a replication of what, according to Bible, Jesus Christ did on this day. According to Bible, Jesus Christ washed the feet of his disciples on this day to show his love for humanity. Apart from that, Bible also states that Jesus shared bread and wine with his disciples, and that's why, an important tradition of Maundy Thursday is communion service.

Most churches on this day organize mass communions on this day, with people helping feed the poor, the old and the ill. In some parts of the world, such as England, there are unique traditions associated with the day such as distributing purses to the poor.

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SaturdaySatJan 01, 2022Jan 01New Year's Day
TuesdayTueFeb 01, 2022Feb 01Chinese New Year
SaturdaySatApr 09, 2022Apr 09Araw ng Kagitingan
ThursdayThuApr 14, 2022Apr 14Maundy Thursday
FridayFriApr 15, 2022Apr 15Good Friday
SundaySunMay 01, 2022May 01Labor Day
TuesdayTueMay 03, 2022May 03Eid Ul Fitr
SundaySunJun 12, 2022Jun 12Independence Day
SaturdaySatJul 09, 2022Jul 09Eid ul-Adha
SundaySunAug 21, 2022Aug 21Ninoy Aquino Day
MondayMonAug 29, 2022Aug 29National Heroes' Day
SundaySunOct 09, 2022Oct 09Milad un Nabi
TuesdayTueNov 01, 2022Nov 01All Saints' Day
WednesdayWedNov 30, 2022Nov 30Bonifacio Day
SundaySunDec 25, 2022Dec 25Christmas Day
FridayFriDec 30, 2022Dec 30Rizal Day
SaturdaySatDec 31, 2022Dec 31New Year's Eve