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Holy Week
Woodlands Junior School is in the south-east corner of England

When is Holy Week?

Holy Week is the week before Easter, commemorating events in the last days of Jesus' life on Earth. It begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Monday.

Holy Week starts on Sunday 1st April 2012

Special Days in Holy Week.


Palm Sunday
The Sunday before Easter is known as Palm Sunday. It celebrates Jesus' triumphal arrival in Jerusalem for the Jewish festival of Passover.


Holy Thursday
Stained glass window(Maundy Thursday),
Last Supper and the betrayal by Judas. During the meal Jesus took bread and wine and shared them with his disciples.

The Last Supper was probably a Passover meal – the meal which Jewish people share together to celebrate the time when God delivered Moses and the people from slavery in Egypt.


Good Friday (Holy Friday), the arrest, trial, crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus Christ. On Good Friday, Christians remember the day when Jesus was crucified on a cross.


Holy Saturday, the Sabbath on which Jesus rested in the grave.

Holy Saturday is also known as Easter Even and the Great Sabbath.


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