Maundy Thursday is a religious Holy day that is observed by Christians all over the world. It was established to commemorate the Washing of the Feet and the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with his Apostles. It occurs the day before Good Friday. This day is called by a variety of different names which includes Covenant Thursday and Sheer Thursday.
This day is often observed in different ways by different denominations of Christianity. However, there are some elements that are shared among many different groups. During this day’s mass, a foot washing (or maundy) ceremony is often done at some point during the service. Special communion services may also be performed. And usually, there is some form of Passover Seder meal served by many congregations.
In parts of the United Kingdom, the Monarch usually passes out alms to senior citizens. These alms, or Royal Maundy as they are sometimes known, are distributed in purses that are usually red and white. In Sweden, young children often parade around dressed as witches and knock on doors to receive candy, or sometimes money, for Easter. The day is a public holiday in many places around the world, including but not limited to: Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Spain, Costa Rica and Venezuela.