Let's give a big thank-you to the Wikipedia, for telling me what I should already know about my religion. In order, Holly Week goes as follows.
- Palm Sunday.
- Holy Monday and Holy Tuesday — about which Wikipedia has little to say, as links to either merely redirect to the page for Holy Week.
- Spy Wednesday, named for the observance of Judas's treachery. It is known in other languages as Ugly Wednesday or Soot-Sweeping Wednesday.
- Maundy Thursday, the name of which I had heard before but never really understood. It commemorates the Last Supper, but the "Maundy" part itself is a bit of a mystery. Historians aren't sure whether we got it from mandutum — the Latin for "commandment," spoken specifically in the context of "A new commandment I give unto you is that you love one another as I have loved you." The other camp suggests "Maundy" comes from the Latin mendicare, "to beg," as the well-to-do Christians back in the day were apparently especially generous three days before Easter.
- Good Friday, when Jesus died and therefore would seem to be named ironically.
- Holy Saturday, which by now sounds horribly unimpressive, given the preponderance of the word "Holy" so far. I would prefer calling any other of its names in other languages — Easter Even, Glorious Saturday, Low Saturday, Black Saturday or White Saturday.
- Easter Sunday, of course.
- And then Easter Monday, which Wikipedia claims is important to some people.
EDIT: Ha. That will teach me to think I know what date it is. Holy Week, after all, is next week. I guess this changed my plans for going home for Easter.