Sunday, March 24, 2013

What is Palm Sunday?

Hello! Why is this day special? Well, it might not be special for many, but it is for me :) Today we remember the 'triumphal entry' of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. It happened just one week before His resurrection.
Palms in Łyse. Source: http://www.gminalyse.pl

I am happy to live near one of the most popular places where Palm Sunday is celebrated in a very special way. The name of the place is Łyse. Here you can go and take a look at their website devoted to palms and this special day.

Łyse - on a day like this - becomes one of the most colorful places in Poland. The rebirth of this Kurpie tradition attracts very many people to this normally peaceful village from Poland and abroad. Visitors to Łyse include representatives of diplomacy, politics, culture and science. Today, it's not just a church holiday but also a great and attractions abundant folk event. If you come to Łyse on Palm Sunday, not only can you admire a wonderful procession with huge palms but you can also enjoy a range of fairs (e.g. a folk art fair or a regional publishers' fair). You can also attend occasional exhibitions (including a special exhibition of rewarded palms), you can watch and listen to folk bands, taste some of the local cuisine and, of course, buy yourself a minature regional palm. 

This is what Matthew says happened on the day: "They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!’”

That's why we remember this event and celebrate Palm Sunday. It is referred to as Palm Sunday because of palm branches that were laid on the road as Jesus rode the donkey into Jerusalem.

Palm Sunday Calendar:
2013 = March 24
2014 = April 13
2015 = March 29

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