Palm Sunday celebrates on the Sunday before Easter, which begins Holy Week. It is the day we recognize and commemorates when Jesus entered Jerusalem as Savior and King. According to the Gospels, as Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, the crowd greeted him by waving and laying palm branches on his way. Today, palms used during the Palm Sunday ceremony.
The palm leaves are a symbol of victory and happiness among many Christians in the United States. Some churches use silk plant leaves or replace palm leaves with olive branches on Palm Sunday because palm leaves can be challenging to find in some areas of the United States.
During the service, the palms are blessed and then collected and burnt to ashes for next year's Ash Wednesday celebration.
Palm Sunday is celebrated by people, organizing holy music performances in many cities and towns throughout the United States. They are usually sponsored and regulated by local churches, but may also be part of the music community's annual concert series. This program ordinarily starts on or before Palm Sunday and may last throughout Holy Week. Bethany College's Messiah Festival has been celebrating form more than 100 years during Holy Week in Lindsborg and Kansas.
Plays or exhibitions that focus on the themes of Holy Week also performed on Palm Sunday. The Fleet's Blessing held on Palm Sunday each year in St. Augustine and Florida. Shrimps trawlers and other fishing boats, as well as privately owned boats, also visit the city to receive blessings. In the United States, it is a common thing for Christians to put holy palm leaves in the shape of a cross behind any religious images or statues in homes, restaurants, and shops.
Palm Sunday is not a government holiday. Most businesses, stores, and restaurants follow regular Sunday opening hours in the United States. Although, It falls on a Sunday, which is a non-school day and non-working day for many Americans. They follow the regular schedule of Sunday, as there is no change in schedule. You may find traffic on the roads due to this festival.
March 24, 2024
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