Where does the tradition of Palm Sunday come from?

Palm Sunday is always celebrated a week before Easter – it marks the beginning of Holy Week. It is a movable feast in the Christian calendar, which can fall between March 15th and April 15th. Where did the tradition of blessing palms on this day come from? It is a commemoration of Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem. When he entered the holy city on a donkey, the crowd threw palm branches under his feet. The custom of blessing palms is associated with the symbol of new life, but also with the martyrdom of Jesus.

It is celebrated in many Christian countries, not only in Poland. It first appeared in France around the 7th century and was introduced into the liturgy of the Catholic Church in the 11th century. Therefore, it is a very old tradition, associated with the beginning of Christianity in our country. Many Polish cities organize contests for the largest or most beautiful palm, including the village of Łyse in the Mazowieckie voivodeship – the most colorful Palm Sunday celebrations are held in the Kurpie region.


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