Christians all over the country have joined their counterparts throughout the world to commemorate the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, an event which occurred some 2,000 years ago.
Popularly referred to as Palm Sunday, the day is usually characterized by “waving of palm fronds, amidst singing and dancing, and also interlaced with marches through the streets in local communities to commemorate the day.
For many Christian churches, Palm Sunday, marks the beginning of the Holy Week which ends on Easter.
Easter is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament.
Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.
The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday), commemorating the Last Supper and its preceding foot washing, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus.
Easter is followed by a fifty-day period called Eastertide or the Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday.