Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, is an important aspect of Guatemalan culture given the large amount of Catholics in the country. This holiday commemorates the Last Supper, the last evening Jesus Christ spent with his apostles before being crucified the following day.
History of Maury Thursday in Guatemala
The Spanish began their conquest of what is now Guatemala in 1524. Before that, the natives had never heard of Jesus Christ or anything about his religion. As the spanish grew a stronger presence in the area, so did catholicism. Now, Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is celebrated immensely within the nation.
How Maundy Thursday is Celebrated in Guatemala
The Last Supper is one of the most well known events within the Bible. That night, Jesus Christ met with his Apostles and performed maundy, a ceremonial washing of the feet of the Apostles. Due to the importance of this historical event, many Guatemalans celebrate this holiday by recreating it. A priest, impersonating Jesus, will wash the feet of 12 regular people, impersonating the Apostles. Many processions are also held, with elaborate floats going through the streets, remembering the last day of Jesus Christ before his crucifixion.