Palm Sunday 2019: Significance, History And How To Celebrate?

Palm Sunday 2019

            Palm Sunday 2019: We all know that the Christian churches all across the globe celebrate the rebirth of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. A lot of questions arise about the palm being crafted as a cross and waved around the cross. Palm Sunday is a moveable feast of Christians that is celebrated on Sunday that falls before the Easter. This day is celebrated to remember the day when Jesus victoriously entered in Jerusalem. On that day when he entered the city, the crowed waved palms for him.

“Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!'” —Matthew 21:9

On this day, some of the Christian churches recreate the parade, while on the other hand, others join palms or further branches in the mass or service. This year, Palm Sunday is going to be celebrated well ahead than usual for the reason of the Easter falls later. Here’s all the details regarding Palm Sunday from its history to celebration, so let’s have a look.

What is Palm Sunday and its Significance

Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that is celebrated on the Sunday just before the Easter. The feast celebrates and honour Jesus’ ceremonial entry into Jerusalem, an incident stated in each of the four canonical Gospels.

When is Palm Sunday this year?

Palm Sunday is celebrated every year on the Sunday before Easter. The date of Easter differs as it is determined by the moon and commonly falls on the first Sunday later the first full moon on or afterward the spring equinox.

This year, Easter is falling on 21 April 2019 and the Good Friday will be three days before the Easter celebration that is on 19 April 2019. So, therefore, this year Palm Sunday is going to be celebrated on 14 April 2019.

Dates for Palm Sunday (2012–2026)

In Gregorian dates

YearWesternEastern
2012April 1April 8
2013March 24April 28
2014April 13
2015March 29April 5
2016March 20April 24
2017April 9
2018March 25April 1
2019April 14April 21
2020April 5April 12
2021March 28April 25
2022April 10April 17
2023April 2April 9
2024March 24April 28
2025April 13
2026March 29April 5

History of Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is also well- known as Passion Sunday for the reason that the passion narrative, a name for the concluding acts and suffering of Jesus, is narrated on this day. After his coming in Jerusalem, celebrated with a parade of palms, Jesus embarks on a week of teaching and suffering that finishes in his execution on Good Friday.

You may remember the stories of Jesus driving the money-changers from the Temple, the Last Supper, and Judas’s kiss of unfaithfulness. These happenings all happened for the duration of the last few days of Jesus’s life.

Palm Sunday Celebration

In most of the liturgical churches, Palm Sunday is celebrated every year by the blessing and dispersal of Palm branches or the branches of other innate trees signifying the palm branches the crowd dispersed in front of Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem. The struggle of obtaining palms in unfavourable climates headed to their replacement with branches of native trees, comprising box, olive, willow, and yew. The Sunday was frequently named after these substitute trees, as in Yew Sunday, or by the common word Branch Sunday.

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