Palm Sunday: History and traditions

Source : 112 Ukraine

In 2020, the holiday is celebrated on April 12
08:10, 12 April 2020

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On the sixth Sunday of Great Lent, Eastern Christianity celebrates Palm Sunday. This year it is April 12. This is the last day before Holy Week - the period of the strict fasting.

According to the legends, on this day, Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, where the locals greeted him like a messiah and covered the path of the Savior with the palm branches. The reason for this was the resurrection of deceased Lazarus, the news about this miracle quickly spread among the people. Palm Sunday symbolizes the beginning of the suffering of Jesus, as a result of which mankind received the hope of eternal life.

The Christian church began to celebrate the holiday from the middle of the IX century. Initially, the celebrations were rather modest, but over time, Palm Sunday became one of the 12 most important church holidays. In some countries, residents still go to the street with palm branches on this day. But in Ukraine, they were replaced by willow twigs. Hence the name of the holiday in Ukraine could be translated as Willow Sunday.

In Ukraine, on this day, the willow is blessed in churches. After that people can eat willow buds, as it is believed that it expels all the bad and adds health to the body. 

It is also customary to bathe children in a bath with willow buds. Willow broth could be given to cattle, it can be used to sprinkle houses and on.

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