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Easter days

Chocolate eggsWhat are the special days at Easter time called in English? The first day, i.e. Witte Donderdag in Dutch, is called Maundy Thursday. Maundy comes from French mandé and refers to the new commandment that Jesus gave the disciples after washing their feet at the Last Supper. It was once the custom for kings and queens to wash the feet of the poor on this day (interestingly, it was William of Orange who was the first to stop doing this!). On Maundy Thursday in Britain, the Queen gives alms (Dutch aalmoezen) to old people at a special ceremony. The day after Maundy Thursday is Good Friday. Sunday is called Easter Sunday (or Easter Day), and the day after, Easter Monday.

Wishing you a Happy Easter!


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