The Meaning Of Palm Sunday
You probably already know that Palm Sunday marks the last Sunday before Easter, but do you know why it’s celebrated and what the day means to people who observe it? Read on to learn all about Palm Sunday and the significance of this important holiday. Come together as a family to commemorate such an important day.
What does Palm Sunday celebrate?
On Palm Sunday Christians celebrate the day on which Jesus entered Jerusalem. The story goes that he rode into the city on a donkey, and overjoyed crowds spread palm fronds in his path as they greeted him – hence the name. Palm Sunday is also the beginning of Holy Week, which almost all denominations of Christianity celebrate. This week commemorates the last days of Jesus’ life before the crucifixion.
How Palm Sunday is celebrated
On Palm Sunday many faithful people will often use palm fronds to reenact Christ’s triumphant arrival in Jerusalem – this is another reason why the holiday has this unique name. Some common traditions are processions holding palm fronds and the blessing of palms; churchgoers also make crosses out of palm fronds. Matthew 21 is often read at church services as well: ““Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away … The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them.”
Celebrate with your family
With all the excitement over Easter Sunday, many families can overlook the importance of Palm Sunday. You can help your children keep the observance of this holiday by talking about it. One way to do it may be through crafting. Try making easy paper palm branches together. Or you can encourage your kids to write out and illustrate the Bible verses associated with Palm Sunday, using their own handprints and some washable paint to create the palm fronds. There’s no limit to how you can make this holiday fun and educational for the whole family!