Palm Sunday, otherwise known as Passion Sunday, is the first day of the Holy Week – the last week of Lent which starts on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday. Palm Sunday always falls on the Sunday before Good Friday and Easter Sunday. This year, Palm Sunday is on 14th April.
The day commemorates the triumphal entrance of Jesus as Saviour and King into Jerusalem riding on a donkey days before he was crucified, according to Christian teaching. As Jesus approached Jerusalem, he told two of his disciples to go into a nearby village and bring a donkey on which he would ride into the city. The symbolism of the donkey may refer to the Eastern tradition that it is an animal of peace versus the horse, which is the animal of war.
How do British people celebrate Palm Sunday?
Many people in the United Kingdom attend churches which have special services to celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. It is also a time for many Christians to remember his suffering before his death and resurrection. Many churches provide congregation members with small crosses made from palm leaves at special Palm Sunday services.
The priests or ministers bless these palms, which are also used to make the Ash Wednesdayashes for the next year. Many churches distribute palms in the shape of a cross.
Many churches may also have a procession that involves people singing and waving palm leaves. Children’s activities on or around this event may include story talking about biblical events relating to Palm Sunday and crafts as making palm crosses.
Written by: Anna Pędziwiatr