|Palm Trees Picture by Bruce G. Smith|
Palm Sunday in Christianity occurs the Sunday before Easter. It marks the end of Lent, and the beginning of Holy week. It occurs roughly a week before the resurrection.
On this day Jesus returned to Jerusalem riding on a young donkey. The people waved palm fronds in the air and spread fronds on the path in front of the donkey. They celebrated the return of the King of Israel. However a few days later, they crucified Jesus.
The palm fronds represented triumph, victory and the return of the king. Jesus rode a young donkey because it symbolized peace.
Today some churches still use palm fronds in their Palm Sunday worship service. In areas where palm fronds are not readily available, they may use flowers, pussy willow branches or olive branches.