Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, according to Christian belief.
It marks the beginning of Holy Week and always falls on the Sunday before Easter Sunday.
Other names for this day include Passion Sunday, Fig Sunday, Willow Sunday, Branch Sunday, or Blossom Sunday.
Many churches hold special Palm Sunday services that involve distributing palms to the congregation.
Branches of olive, box elder, spruce or other trees are used in places where palms are not available.
They are later hung up in houses for good luck, buried to preserve crops, or used to decorate graves.
The custom of decorating graves with blessed palms still exists in some parts of Germany. Processions take place in Spain, particularly in Seville, during Holy Week and start on Palm Sunday.
These processions portray the Passion of Jesus Christ, which refers to Jesus’ suffering prior to his trial and execution.
Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is often reenacted with a procession in Rome on Palm Sunday.
The priests and deacons wear red garments and blessed palms are distributed during the church service.
Many churches in Greece celebrate Palm Sunday in a solemn manner.
They call it , or Lazarus Sunday, because they have the feast of Lazarus’ resurrection prior to Palm Sunday.
Many Greek Orthodox churches celebrate Palm Sunday at a later date than the date that many western churches have for the day.