Apr 4, 2012

Maundy Thursday In The Philippines

Maundy Thursday

via: auntjojo

Asia’s largest Catholic country will celebrate Maundy Thursday as an officially recognized government holiday for the second straight year. While Christians throughout Southeast Asia will celebrate Maundy Thursday on April 5th, 2012, the Philippines is the only country in Southeast Asia which recognizes it as an official holiday. The Philippines is one of only seven countries in the world that recognizes Maundy Thursday as an official holiday.

Maundy Thursday, the Christian holy day which takes place on the Thursday before Easter, is an important celebration for many Filipinos. Traditional holiday ceremonies are inspired by the events that occurred the night Jesus observed Passover with the disciples.

The holiday is commonly celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, and Eastern Orthodox churches. Maundy Thursday is also known as Holy Thursday, Convenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Sheer Thursday, and Thursday of Mysteries.

Filipinos need no introduction to the holiday, as they’re aware of the impact of the weekend on Philippine lifestyle, as well as its impact on business and commerce. Busy centres of Manila metro typically see a decline in foot traffic, as many of Manila‘s Roman Catholics utilize the four-day weekend to travel to other provinces in the Philippines for holiday.

Most businesses close for the weekend. Malls and shopping areas typically close on Thursday, and re-open on Saturday. Local media is limited, as newspapers, radio and television stations are typically off of the airwaves for the weekend. Manila Rail Transit also shuts down during the weekend. With thousands leaving the city centers, and most enjoying four day weekend’s, make sure that during this year’s Maundy Thursday, you find yourself a Goodbuy in Southeast Asia!

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