Maundy Thursday or “Holy Thursday” is being observed today all around the world. From traditional “washing of the feet” ceremonies to candle light vigils, Christians are remembering Jesus Christ and the things that he did the day before he died. It is a day when people all over the world reflect on The Last Supper and the Passover meal. The word “Maundy” refers to the “commands” that Jesus told his disciples the night before he was crucified.
The Washington Post has collected some beautiful photographs of people commemorating Christ on this Holy day. In a town outside of Manila, hooded men walked the streets with bamboo sticks strapped to their bodies. In southern Spain, members of the Spanish army carried El Cristo de la Buena Muerte (Jesus on a cross) as they sang.
Maundy Thursday is a day of atonement and it is very sacred for people of Christian faith. Some parts of the world spend the day solemn in prayer, and others celebrate mass and sing songs of praise for their savior. Each year, Holy Thursday falls on the Thursday before Easter Sunday, right before Good Friday (the day that Jesus was crucified) and each year, people remember Jesus’ life and sacrifice.
Â© Effie Orfanides 2012