Palm Sunday is the sixth and last Sunday of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week.
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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.
- Palm Sunday the day Jesus arrived in Jerusalem.
- Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), Last Supper and the betrayal by Judas.
- Good Friday (Holy Friday), the arrest, trial, crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus Christ.
- Holy Saturday, the Sabbath on which Jesus rested in the grave.
Palm Sunday is a time of celebration as well as sadness because Jesus died on a cross less than a week after he had entered Jerusalem.
The Sunday before Easter is known as Palm Sunday. It celebrates Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem for the Jewish festival of Passover. Great crowds of people lined the streets waving palm branches to welcome him. The people were very excited. They spread branches on the road – and even laid down their clothes. They shouted 'Hosanna!' which means 'Save us Now!'
We wave our UK flags at parades. They waved palm branches.
The Sunday before Easter is called Palm Sunday because the crowds waved palm branches as they followed Jesus' procession into Jerusalem.
It was the time of the Jewish feast of Passover. Many Jews travelled to Jerusalem to celebrate this feast together.
On Palm Sunday, children are given crosses made from single palm leaves. Traditionally, many churches will have a procession in or around the church while people sing songs of praise and wave palm leaves. This is to help them imagine what Jesus' entry into Jerusalem might have been like.
In some English churches small buns called pax cakes (symbolic of peace and goodwill) are given to the congregation as they leave after a Palm Sunday service.
|Palm Sunday also has the nick name 'Fig Sunday' because Christ had wanted to eat some when travelling to Jerusalem (Mark 11: 12-14). Figs were once traditionally eaten on this day.
Any left over Palm Crosses are kept and burned to make ashes for next years Ash Wednesday services (see Ash Wednesday )
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In some areas of the country Palm Sunday was a traditional day for visiting wells and leaving an offering for the spirit of the well. In some places pins were dropped in the wells whilst in other places rags were hung around the wells. It was thought by doing this the spirit of the well would keep the water fresh and clean.
Sallow, or pussy willow, was used in many places as a palm substitute, and was commonly known as English Palm amongst country folk. Box, yew, hazel, common willow and daffodils (Lent Lilies) were other alternatives in the days before palm was easily available as an import from Spain.
How do you celebrate Palm Sunday in your country? Please add a comment to our blog entry about Palm Sunday.
Bula Vinaka(Hello) from Fiji,
I belong with the Methodist Congregation, our children are well into their preparation for Palm Sunday which falls on the 5th of April. To the children, this is an exciting occasion where they recite their memory verses, present a scene about the ‘Triumphal Entrance of Jesus’, group singing etc. This will be a day where all children across the country is seen to be wearing white, which we believe represents, purity, innocence, cleanliness or just suits little children wearing it. On this Sunday, its mostly the children that conduct the whole service for 10.00am and 4.00pm
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