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Palm Sunday 2023: History, significance, observances of this holy day

Palm Sunday 2023: Throughout in the world, Christians value Palm Sunday. It officially kicks off Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter Sunday. Christians commemorate Jesus Christ’s arrival into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Anything you need to know about the Sunday is provided below. Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent and the […]

Edited By : Sahelee Rakshit | Updated: Apr 3, 2023 14:20 IST
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Palm Sunday 2023

Palm Sunday 2023: Throughout in the world, Christians value Palm Sunday. It officially kicks off Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter Sunday. Christians commemorate Jesus Christ’s arrival into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Anything you need to know about the Sunday is provided below.

Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent and the Sunday before Easter. Palm Sunday will be observed on April 2, this year.

Palm Sunday 2023: History & Significance

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John’s Gospels are where Palm Sunday’s origins can be found. According to these traditions, people laid their cloaks and palm branches on the ground in front of Jesus as he rode a donkey into Jerusalem.

Importance of placing cloaks and palm branches

It was a mark of respect and honour to place coats and palm branches on the ground. It was common to place clothing or other belongings in a respected ruler or king’s path. Given that they were frequently used to greet returning warriors, the palm branches were also a symbol of victory and triumph.

Palm Sunday Observances

Christians remember Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem and the events that led to his crucifixion and resurrection on Palm Sunday.

Distribution of palm branches and a procession resembling the one that passed through Jerusalem are common ways to commemorate the day.

In various regions of the world, Palm Sunday has gained cultural and social significance in addition to its theological significance.

Extensive processions are held in many nations, with participants carrying ornate floats or sculptures of Jesus and the saints while clothed in colourful robes. These processions draw sizable crowds and can be rather solemn and touching.

Christians often pause on Palm Sunday to consider both the significance of Jesus’ death on the cross and his life and teachings.

It’s a moment to reflect on the kindness and humility that Jesus shown throughout his life and to get ready for Easter.

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First published on: Apr 02, 2023 11:46 AM IST

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