Footwashing Day

Footwashing Day

Early summer; Sunday
According to the Gospel of John, before the Last Supper Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and instructed them to follow his example of humility and love. Although it was originally performed on Maundy Thursday, in most American Protestant sects it takes place at other times and occasionally at more frequent intervals.
For some mountain people of Kentucky, this observance takes place only once a year, but the preparations go on for weeks beforehand. On Footwashing Day, the women take turns washing each other's feet, and on the opposite side of the church the men do the same thing. Refreshment stands have been set up so children can eat while their parents are participating in the ritual. After the service, the people who live near the church invite the rest of the participants to eat with them.
SOURCES:
FolkAmerHol-1999, p. 273
RelHolCal-2004, p. 97