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The day is named after the French word “mande”, which roughly translates to the terms command or mandate.
It is said that this name came about from Jesus’ last command given to his followers, “love one another as I have loved you.” Dating back to the time of King Edward the First, it is tradition for the Queen to take part in the Maundy Thursday celebrations.
Using this timeline, Easter can vary in date from as early as the 22nd of March to as far into spring as the 25th of April.
Easter in the UK begins with the Thursday before Easter.
Maundy Money is a modern change on the original celebration of Maundy Thursday.
The Easter season in the UK includes the 40 days of lent and Holy week culminating in Easter Sunday – also known as Resurrection Sunday.
In 2018, there are two Easter public holidays celebrated in the UK.
Maundy Thursday is celebrated as the last day of Jesus’ life and the day of the Last Supper.
It is said that Jesus washed the feet of his loyal disciples in the “Eucharist” ceremony.
Scholars believe that Easter was named for “Eostre”, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of the spring.