Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and is one of the most important Christian holidays.
Sometimes it can get confusing why each different day is celebrated. We want you to be in the loop, so we've dedicated this whole article to the importance of Palm Sunday, with the Palm Sunday story, some interesting facts about Palm Sunday and all you need to know about Palm Sunday in the Bible.
Palm Sunday is the Christian holiday which takes place the Sunday before Easter weekend. The day marks the day that Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem when he knew he was going to be imprisoned and then crucified.
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Palm Sunday Facts
These facts about Palm Sunday for kids are going to give you all the basics about the important Christian holiday.
1. Palm Sunday is referred to by some as Passion Sunday.
2. Palm Sunday is the sixth Sunday and also the final day of Lent.
3. Lent is the fasting period that Christians do before the day, where they give up things that they love for a six week period as an act of worship to Jesus.
4. The meaning of Palm Sunday in the Catholic church is peace and salvation.
5. It is called Palm Sunday in reference to the people who laid palm branches and palm leaves for Jesus to walk on.
6. Sometimes Palm Sunday is known as Branch Sunday because of the palm branches.
7. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the holiest week in the whole Christian calendar.
8. The color that represents this Christian holiday is the color red.
9. The donkey is a symbol of peace, so when Jesus was riding on a donkey it showed the people that his intentions were peaceful and he didn't want to fight anyone.
10. If Jesus had come into Jerusalem on a horse, people might have mistakenly thought he wanted to start a war.
The History of Palm Sunday
Learn the significance of Palm Sunday and why Jesus is celebrated at the start of the holy week.
11. The date of Palm Sunday changes every year because Easter changes every year.
12. The most important donkey procession in Russia was in Novgorod and Moscow between the ages of 1559 and 1693.
13. In Moscow the Patriarch of the city would ride on a horse draped in white cloth that was pretending to be a donkey.
14. In ancient times palms would be put on important buildings and coins in reference to Palm Sunday.
15. In Spanish, the day is called Pascua Florida. This is how the state of Florida in the United States received its name in the year 1512.
Facts About Palm Sunday Traditions
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the Holy Easter week, and Christians love to celebrate with all sorts of different traditions. We've put together a list of as many as we could find from all over the world, in case you want to celebrate them yourself. We hope you love these facts about Palm Sunday for children.
16. On Palm Sunday Christians attend a special Church service.
17. The day before Palm Sunday is called Lazarus Saturday. Jesus also spent this day in Jerusalem.
18. In Orthodox Churches palm leaves are knotted the day before, and the hangings and vestments in the churches are swapped so that they are a more festive color.
19. Often Christians will give and receive small crosses made out of palm leaves or local wood to commemorate Palm Sunday.
20. Christians give the small crosses because palm leaves and palm branches are a symbol of victory and goodness.
21. At the start of Palm Sunday services people are also given small candles.
22. Sometimes all night vigils are held the evening before Palm Sunday.
23. Everyone stands and holds their branches and candles to start the service.
24. Palm leaves and palm branches are collected on Palm Sunday and blessed. Then they are burned into ash.
25. The blessing that takes place on Palm Sunday is called the, "blessing of the palms."
26. Some of the ash from burning palm leaves is used to mark the heads of the people that attend the Ash Wednesday service. The following year, the ash that comes from the palm branches and palm leaves is used in the celebrations for Ash Wednesday.
27. Some people like to take their branches and candles home with them after the service ends.
28. It is traditional to recite the words of the townsfolk of Jerusalem, by saying, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the lord." during the Holy week.
29. In England, Christians burn 'jack o'lent' figures which are not to be confused with ‘jack o’ lanterns.’
30. 'Jack o'lent' figures are straw figures that are burned traditionally to fight back against Judas Iscariot who was the disciple that was a traitor to Jesus and arranged his crucifixion.
31. After Palm Sunday ends, Christians must never throw away their palm leaves and crosses. These items have received blessings so to throw them away would be bad luck.
32. Hymns are usually sung on Palm Sunday including, 'Clap Your Hands', 'All Hail King Jesus' and 'Now Unto The King Eternal'.
33. In Eastern Europe people usually use pussy willow instead of palm leaves because palms are hard to get hold of and pussy willow is much more common.
34. Orthodox believers like to use olive branches instead of palm leaves.
35. In a lot of Protestant churches the palms are given to kids who walk in a line or a procession into the church.
36. In Russia there are often donkey walk processions through different cities on Palm Sunday.
37. In Finland Palm Sunday represents the emergence of the "Easter Witches." Kids get dressed up and make offerings of willow branches in exchange for sweet treats. It's a bit like Halloween trick or treating.
38. The kids in Finland will chant a song that goes like this: "Virvon varvon tuoreeks, terveeks, tulevaks vuodeks, vitsa sulle, palkka mulle!" The lyrics mean that they wish you a healthy and fresh New Year, and that they have a branch for you so you should have a prize for them. We like the sound of that!
39. In the Catholic Church the vicar will wear a red vestement (robe) for the day's celebrations.
40. The red robe is important because it represents the blood and sacrifice that Jesus made for all of humankind.
41. Palm Sunday is known as Tsvetnitsa in Bulgaria, which translates to English as Flower's Day. Anyone who has a name that relates to a flower gets to celebrate the day as their name day.
42. A name day is a day that members of the Catholic faith celebrate like a birthday, on a day of the Patron Saint of their name.
43. In India, palms are blessed by priests on the Sunday, and given to the people during the Holy Mass later in the day.
44. In Kerela, in the south of India, people scatter lots of flowers around churches and sanctuaries on Palm Sunday. They read the Gospel at the same time and repeat the words, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who is come and is to come in the name of the Lord God."
45. In many churches in Pakistan Christians will carry palm branches into their church during the Holy week and sing Psalm 24.
46. One of the world's last ever Palm Sunday processions takes place in the town Hoegaarden in Belgium every year. A group of people representing the twelve apostles carry a wooden statue that is meant to represent Jesus all over the town. Kids walk around the neighborhood with a small wooden box asking for coins during the procession.
47. In Ethiopia, people refer to the day as Hosanna. They make lots of different things as well as crucifixes out of palms, including rings and ornaments.
48. In Greek Orthodox churches you are allowed to celebrate Jesus on Palm Sunday by eating a feast of fish, wine and oil but not dairy, eggs, red meat or chicken.
Facts About The Palm Sunday Scripture
The scripture for Palm Sunday has a lot of Palm Sunday significance because Jesus fulfilled the prophecy when he rode into the town of Jerusalem on that historic day.
49. This is the famous scripture that predicted the events of Palm Sunday: "Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your King is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey... riding on a donkey's colt."
50. Because Jesus rode the colt, the foal of a donkey, everyone believed that Jesus came in the name of the Lord.
The Story Of Palm Sunday
If you're not sure of the origin of Palm Sunday, we've got the whole story here for you on what the special Christian holiday represents.
On his journey to Jerusalem, Jesus asked two of his disciples if they would go to the village of Bethphage, which was a mile away from the city. He asked the disciples to look for a donkey and it's colt which would be tied up outside a building. If the owners of the donkey asked why the disciples were taking it, Jesus said that they should say that "the Lord has need of it".
When the disciples got back, Jesus received the donkey and it's foal and the disciples laid their coats over the young donkey's back so that Jesus could ride the foal into the city. They laid their coats down as an act of respect for Jesus Christ.
Jesus entered the city riding on a donkey, and as he was travelling a lot of townsfolk saw him and began to run towards him. They threw their cloaks and some leaves from palms on to the ground for his donkey to walk over. They chose the leaves and branches from the palm trees because in those days they were known as a symbol of goodness and victory.
There was an ancient prophecy in the Old Testament in Zechariah 9:9 that said a King would come into the city of Jerusalem riding a colt, the foal of a donkey. When Jesus entered the city, he fulfilled this ancient prediction from the Old Testament. This is one of the reasons that people believed that Jesus Christ was an important person who should be worshipped.
When they got to the city an even bigger crowd formed, who shouted, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" The word 'hosanna' means "save us," which they wanted Jesus to do because they had a nasty ruler that made everyone very unhappy. They thought that Jesus was special because he had performed a lot of miracles during his life, and had even brought a dead man back to life very recently.
Despite all of the celebrations, a group of men called the Pharisees were angry at Jesus getting attention on Palm Sunday, because they thought that he shouldn't be allowed to be treated like a God when in their eyes he was just a man.
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