Palm Sunday Marks The Start of The Holy Week Around The World

Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of the Holy Week and commemorates Christ days before he was crucified according to Christian beliefs.


It is when Christians remember how Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey. It is called Palm Sunday because the people were so happy to see Jesus, so they took branches from the Palm and Olive Trees that lined the road. 

To remember that day, Christians all over the world go to special Palm Sunday Church Services. They often receive small crosses made from Palm leaves or other local woods. 

Palm branches are widely recognized as the symbol of peace and victory, hence their preferred use on Palm Sunday.

Palm Sunday is sometimes called 'Passion Sunday.'

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Penitents of the 'La Paz' brotherhood parade during a Palm Sunday procession in Sevilla as part of the Holy Week on April 14, 2019.  CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP

Penitents of the 'La Paz' brotherhood parade during a Palm Sunday procession in Sevilla as part of the Holy Week on April 14, 2019. CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP

Catholic faithful take part the Palm Sunday procession on April 14, 2019 in San Pedro Sacatepequez, 30 km west of Guatemala City.  Johan ORDONEZ / AFP

Catholic faithful take part the Palm Sunday procession on April 14, 2019 in San Pedro Sacatepequez, 30 km west of Guatemala City. Johan ORDONEZ / AFP

A Catholic faithful takes part in the traditional Palm Sunday procession in Tegucigalpa on April 14, 2019. For Christians, Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem, before his arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection. It is traditionally marked by a procession and special mass.  ORLANDO SIERRA / AFP

A Catholic faithful takes part in the traditional Palm Sunday procession in Tegucigalpa on April 14, 2019. For Christians, Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem, before his arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection. It is traditionally marked by a procession and special mass. ORLANDO SIERRA / AFP

An Indian Christian devotee collects palm branches for a Palm Sunday service at Wesley church in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on April 14, 2019. Palm Sunday marks the sixth and last Sunday of the Christian Holy month of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. NOAH SEELAM / AFP

An Indian Christian devotee collects palm branches for a Palm Sunday service at Wesley church in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on April 14, 2019. Palm Sunday marks the sixth and last Sunday of the Christian Holy month of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. NOAH SEELAM / AFP

A toddler in angel costume pinches a man as Catholic believers gather outside Greek-Melkite Patriarchal Cathedral of the Dormition of Our Lady to mark Palm Sunday in the capital Damascus in Bab Sharki, Old Damascus on April 14, 2019.  LOUAI BESHARA / AFP

A toddler in angel costume pinches a man as Catholic believers gather outside Greek-Melkite Patriarchal Cathedral of the Dormition of Our Lady to mark Palm Sunday in the capital Damascus in Bab Sharki, Old Damascus on April 14, 2019. LOUAI BESHARA / AFP

Catholic believers carry a giant cross on April 14, 2019 in the town of Ashmiany, some 130 km northwest of Minsk, during a Palm Sunday celebration which mark a week before eastern.  Sergei GAPON / AFP

Catholic believers carry a giant cross on April 14, 2019 in the town of Ashmiany, some 130 km northwest of Minsk, during a Palm Sunday celebration which mark a week before eastern. Sergei GAPON / AFP

A Catholic faithful takes part the Palm Sunday procession on April 14, 2019 in San Pedro Sacatepequez, 30 km west of Guatemala City.  Johan ORDONEZ / AFP

A Catholic faithful takes part the Palm Sunday procession on April 14, 2019 in San Pedro Sacatepequez, 30 km west of Guatemala City. Johan ORDONEZ / AFP

Father Celso Taibo attend a mass during Palm Sunday on April 14, 2019 at Lady of Grace Parish Catholic Church in Barrio Manasse, Buzi District, Sofala Province, Mozambique. Congregants marched the streets of Buzi town skipping rubbles to pass huge fallen trees and buildings with no roofs, windows or doors, one month following the cyclone Idai that killed more than 600 people and displaced 150 000 people in Mozambique.  Zinyange AUNTONY / AFP

Father Celso Taibo attend a mass during Palm Sunday on April 14, 2019 at Lady of Grace Parish Catholic Church in Barrio Manasse, Buzi District, Sofala Province, Mozambique. Congregants marched the streets of Buzi town skipping rubbles to pass huge fallen trees and buildings with no roofs, windows or doors, one month following the cyclone Idai that killed more than 600 people and displaced 150 000 people in Mozambique. Zinyange AUNTONY / AFP

Penitents of the 'La Paz' brotherhood parade during a Palm Sunday procession in Sevilla as part of the Holy Week on April 14, 2019.  CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP
Penitents of the 'La Paz' brotherhood parade during a Palm Sunday procession in Sevilla as part of the Holy Week on April 14, 2019. CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP
Catholic faithful take part the Palm Sunday procession on April 14, 2019 in San Pedro Sacatepequez, 30 km west of Guatemala City.  Johan ORDONEZ / AFP
Catholic faithful take part the Palm Sunday procession on April 14, 2019 in San Pedro Sacatepequez, 30 km west of Guatemala City. Johan ORDONEZ / AFP
A Catholic faithful takes part in the traditional Palm Sunday procession in Tegucigalpa on April 14, 2019. For Christians, Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem, before his arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection. It is traditionally marked by a procession and special mass.  ORLANDO SIERRA / AFP
A Catholic faithful takes part in the traditional Palm Sunday procession in Tegucigalpa on April 14, 2019. For Christians, Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem, before his arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection. It is traditionally marked by a procession and special mass. ORLANDO SIERRA / AFP
An Indian Christian devotee collects palm branches for a Palm Sunday service at Wesley church in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on April 14, 2019. Palm Sunday marks the sixth and last Sunday of the Christian Holy month of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. NOAH SEELAM / AFP
An Indian Christian devotee collects palm branches for a Palm Sunday service at Wesley church in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on April 14, 2019. Palm Sunday marks the sixth and last Sunday of the Christian Holy month of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. NOAH SEELAM / AFP
A toddler in angel costume pinches a man as Catholic believers gather outside Greek-Melkite Patriarchal Cathedral of the Dormition of Our Lady to mark Palm Sunday in the capital Damascus in Bab Sharki, Old Damascus on April 14, 2019.  LOUAI BESHARA / AFP
A toddler in angel costume pinches a man as Catholic believers gather outside Greek-Melkite Patriarchal Cathedral of the Dormition of Our Lady to mark Palm Sunday in the capital Damascus in Bab Sharki, Old Damascus on April 14, 2019. LOUAI BESHARA / AFP
Catholic believers carry a giant cross on April 14, 2019 in the town of Ashmiany, some 130 km northwest of Minsk, during a Palm Sunday celebration which mark a week before eastern.  Sergei GAPON / AFP
Catholic believers carry a giant cross on April 14, 2019 in the town of Ashmiany, some 130 km northwest of Minsk, during a Palm Sunday celebration which mark a week before eastern. Sergei GAPON / AFP
A Catholic faithful takes part the Palm Sunday procession on April 14, 2019 in San Pedro Sacatepequez, 30 km west of Guatemala City.  Johan ORDONEZ / AFP
A Catholic faithful takes part the Palm Sunday procession on April 14, 2019 in San Pedro Sacatepequez, 30 km west of Guatemala City. Johan ORDONEZ / AFP
Father Celso Taibo attend a mass during Palm Sunday on April 14, 2019 at Lady of Grace Parish Catholic Church in Barrio Manasse, Buzi District, Sofala Province, Mozambique. Congregants marched the streets of Buzi town skipping rubbles to pass huge fallen trees and buildings with no roofs, windows or doors, one month following the cyclone Idai that killed more than 600 people and displaced 150 000 people in Mozambique.  Zinyange AUNTONY / AFP
Father Celso Taibo attend a mass during Palm Sunday on April 14, 2019 at Lady of Grace Parish Catholic Church in Barrio Manasse, Buzi District, Sofala Province, Mozambique. Congregants marched the streets of Buzi town skipping rubbles to pass huge fallen trees and buildings with no roofs, windows or doors, one month following the cyclone Idai that killed more than 600 people and displaced 150 000 people in Mozambique. Zinyange AUNTONY / AFP