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Holy Week or Greater Week is the last week of 50 days Lent before Easter Sunday. It is the time when Christians remember the last week of Jesus' life. It includes the religious holidays of Palm Sunday, Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, Holy Wednesday (sometimes called Spy Wednesday), Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday), Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

Palm Sunday observes the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to accomplish his paschal mystery. The crowds, who were in Jerusalem for Passover, welcomed Jesus by waving palm branches and proclaiming him as the messianic king. This Sunday is also known as Passion Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. The English word passion comes from a Latin word that means "to suffer” Holy Monday, the Church commemorates the event of the cursing of the fig tree. (Matthew 21:18-22:)

Holy Tuesday is the remembrance two parables, which are related to the Second Coming of Jesus .The one is the parable of the Ten Virgins (Matt. 25:1-13); the other the parable of the Talents (Matt. 25:14-30).

Holy Wednesday is also called Spy Wednesday which commemorates Judas' agreement to betray Jesus. (Mark 14.10-11; Luke 22 3-6; matt.26. 14-16)

Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday celebrates Jesus' institution of the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Ordination. It also commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. During the meal Jesus took bread and wine and shared them with his disciples. Christians continue to share bread and wine as part of their worship in church.The Last Supper may be a Passover meal – the meal which Jewish people share together.

During the Last Supper, Jesus washed his disciples' feet and the custom of washing feet by the Priest is still followed in many countries. On Maundy Thursday night Jesus was betrayed by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane.

The name 'Maundy' is derived from the Latin word “mandatum”, meaning a commandment: Jesus at the Last Supper, commanded:
“And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”. ' John 15:12

Good Friday is commemorated the arrest, trial, crucifixion, death, and burial of Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross and was buried before sunset and Friday was first day that Jesus lay in the tomb.

On Holy Saturday Jesus rested in the tomb, the second day that Jesus lay in the tomb which was on the Sabbath. Holy Saturday is chiefly a day of vigil (watch). Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches hold vigil services.

During Holy Week the dairy products and meat products are strictly forbidden. Also no alcoholic beverages are permitted and no oil is used in the cooking. Friday and Saturday are observed as fast days, meaning that nothing should be eaten on those days. However, fasting is exempted those who are very young, ill or elderly.

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