Apr 5, 2009

Palm Sunday

Today is Palm Sunday, a Christian moveable feast which always falls on the Sunday before Easter Sunday.

In many Christian churches, Palm Sunday is marked by the distribution of palm leaves (often tied into crosses) to the assembled worshipers.

In the Philippines, there are some places where a re-enactment of Jesus' triumphal entry occurs. The priest rides a horse and is surrounded by the congregation, bearing palms. Sometimes women spread large cloths or aprons along the procession route. Palm branches, called palaspas, are taken home after the Mass and are hung beside, on or above doorways and windows.

I attended the mass this morning and bought a 'palaspas'. My child was so eager to have it blessed that she was the one holding it. Well, this day marked the first day of Holy Week. I hope to celebrate it with my family and I also plan to do some fasting, too ;)