Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great & Holy Thursday, and Thursday of Mysteries. And also some secular communities refer to the day as Easter Thursday,Gospel Day,Green Thursday
              It  is the Christian feast or holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter,  fifth day of Holy Week, and is preceded by Holy Wednesday and followed by Good Friday.
              It is normally celebrated in the evening.

Western Christianity

The Washing of the Feet is a traditional component of the celebration in many Christian Churches .the Gloria is accompanied by the ringing of bells, which are then silent until the Easter Vigil. After the homily the washing of feet may be performed. The service concludes with a procession taking the Blessed Sacrament to the place of reposition. The altar is later stripped bare, as are all other altars in the church except the Altar of Repose.

Eastern Christianity

The liturgical colours are changed from the somber Lenten hues to more festive colours.tThe Orthodox faithful will often receive the Mystery of Unction on Great Wednesday as preparation for the reception of Holy Communion on Great Thursday. It is customary to cover the Altar table with a simple, white linen cloth on this day, as a reminder of the Last Supper. On Great Thursday, the Reserved Sacrament is customarily renewed, a new Lamb (Host) being consecrated for the coming liturgical year, and the remainder from the previous year is consumed. 

          The ceremony of the Washing of Feet will normally be performed in monasteries and cathedrals. Because of the joy of the Institution of the Eucharist, on this day alone during Holy Week wine and oil are permitted at meals.

            In UK,the Monarch  offering "alms" to deserving senior citizens (one man and one woman for each year of the sovereign's age). These coins, known as Maundy money or Royal Maundy, are distributed in red and white purses. The red purse contains regular currency and is given in place of food and clothing. The white purse contains currency in the amount of one penny for each year of the Sovereign's age. 

            Young children often dress up as witches and knock on doors getting coins or candy for easter eggs

Visiting of Churches 

The tradition of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday is an ancient practice, probably originating in Rome, where early pilgrims visited the seven pilgrim churches as penance on the night of Holy Thursday. and some expand it to include fourteen churches and say the Stations of the Cross, with one station in each church.