Around the world, Christians commemorate and observe Maundy Thursday with a variety of customs in addition to going to church services.

The UK features something known as Maundy money, which is money distributed as alms (charitable givings) in conjunction with the ceremony of maundy or on Maundy Thursday.

Historically in the UK, monarchs would wash the feet of the poor and give people food and clothing.

Starting in 1662, Charles II would mint special coins given as alms.

These days, the coins are given to elder members in the Church of England at a special service known as Royal Maundy.

The value of these silver coins—which are legal tender but principally symbolic alms—is equal to the age of the monarch in pence.

It is a Christian holy day that falls on the day before Good Friday.

This day is part of the Holy Week leading up to Easter.

It honours the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles in Jerusalem before he was betrayed by Judas and put to death.

Maundy Thursday comes after Holy Wednesday, and is followed immediately by Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and then Easter.