This Sunday is not like the other Sundays of the year. It is truly a special and holy day for the Christian community. It is called the Palm or sometimes even named as the Passion Sunday.
Palm Sunday 2019 was on April 14 Sunday
The day is a religious day for all the denominations in Christianity. The main highlight of the day being the usage of the Palm Leaves. So, why is this leaf only used?
History and Significance of Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday indicates that the last week of Lent period has begun. The week will end once Easter comes in the following Sunday.
This week is called as the Holy Week, when special prayers are held, songs are sung and people to church everyday for this one week.
When is Palm Sunday?
Palm Sunday falls seven days before Easter Sunday and few days before Good Friday.
The Coming of Jesus on Palm Sunday
As per the Scriptures, this is the day that Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem. He came on a donkey and this happened just a few days before the Crucifixion happened.
Before entering Jerusalem, he told his disciples to bring a donkey for him to sit on and continue the journey.
People in Jerusalem were delighted to know that their Saviour was coming. So, at that time, they did not have anything the decorate the place and welcome him.
Instead they cut the palm leaves and laid on the pathway as Jesus went by. Those whi could not get palm leaves, took out their cloaks, and spread out for the Messiah. People welcomed Him by shouting Hossanna and they walked along with Him to hear his teachings.
So, this is why today Palm Leaves are used for Palm Sunday.
How is Palm Sunday observed? Rituals and Customs
People go to church, say prayers, sing hymns and bring home the blessed palm leaves after the service. Nowadays, small crosses are made out of palm leaves . This is does as a symbol of remembrance because Jesus Christ has to be crucified and severely harmed as he died on the Cross. It is believed that he dies for the sins of his people or followers.
Processions are undertaken to represent his ordeal until he was crucified. Once people return home from the service, they either place the palm leaves in the homes or some even burn it. Then the ash is taken and used during the next year’s Ash Wednesday.
Palm Sunday festival dates between 2016 & 2026
|2016||Sunday, 20th of March|
|2017||Sunday, 9th of April|
|2018||Sunday, 25th of March|
|2019||Sunday, 14th of April|
|2020||Sunday, 5th of April|
|2021||Sunday, 28th of March|
|2022||Sunday, 10th of April|
|2023||Sunday, 2nd of April|
|2024||Sunday, 24th of March|
|2025||Sunday, 6th of April|
|2026||Sunday, 29th of March|