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Palm Sunday Traditions

The Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the Holy Week and slowly it leads to the Easter Sunday. The Sunday that has a big resemblance with Palm leaves, is usually the one known as Palm Sunday – marking the victorious and glorious entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. People (his followers) for his grand welcome, laid down palms and their garments such that he didn’t have any problem walking down the streets.

To carry on the Palm Sunday traditions, palms are distributed to those who gather in the church and they receive blessings during the mass.
People getting the palms take them back home and place them in places where it is considered to be holy, like around religious pictures, statues or other holy objects. The tradition of Palm Sunday is usually like one has to keep the Palm with them for about a year and until the next Palm Sunday, when it is substituted by new blessed Palms. When one discards the old palms, it should be remembered that it is a blessed religious object and therefore should be burnt or buried. Some prefer to bury it in their home garden, while others burn it off.
Customs of Palm Sunday
The usual traditions of Palm Sunday states that in many churches, worshippers gather fresh Palm leaves as they are blessed and it is considered to be holy to have palm leaves in the house. This tradition of Palm Sunday to collect fresh palm leaves is carried on in different parts of the globe in different manners. The Palm Sunday traditions have slowly evolved over the years and alternating Palm Sunday customs have cropped up.
Palm Sunday in Latvia
“Pussy Willow Sunday” as Palm Sunday is known in Latvia, is due to the fact that pussy willows signify fresh life and they are distributed among those who are meant to be blessed in reality. The entire family celebrates the day by getting up in the morning practicing various rituals with smacks of willow branch. There is also a weird tradition where people hold and hit each other with these willow branches.

Palm Sunday in India
There is usually a tradition in South India in Kerala to spread flowers into sanctuary on the Palm Sunday and also to read the gospel to narrate words of praises about Jesus.

Palm Sunday in Spain
In Spain, the ritual of Palm Sunday is like tying and wrapping palm leaves for whitening them away from the sunlight and also to freshen them and tie up them in complex shapes.

Palm Sunday in Malta
The entire community of Gozo and Malta follow a separate set of tradition on Palm Sunday. They bless the olive leaves and the palm leaves. They are kept in the houses and is regarded as a holy deed. It is supposed to bless all in the house.

Palm Sunday in Netherlands
Palm crosses made out of Palm leaves are ornamented in the Saxon areas of Netherlands. The palm crosses calm with bread and candy, and takes the form of a rooster. A parade is also organized, to honor the Sorrowful Mother of Warfhuizen.

Palm Sunday in Poland
In Poland, there is usually an artificial palm contests, organized by various towns and cities.

Palm Sunday in Bulgaria
Palm Sunday is known as Tsvetnitsa in Bulgaria. The other names for Palm Sunday in Blgaria are related with flower names like Margarita, Violeta, Zdravko, Lilia, Tzviatko, Yavor, Zjumbjul, Temenuzhka, Nevena, etc.

So, each place has their separate set of Palm Sunday traditions which is followed by the people of that place to keep up with the custom and the rules.