What does Plam Sunday mean?
The Sunday before Easter, observed by Christians in commemoration of Jesus's entry into Jerusalem, when palm fronds were strewn before him.
In Christianity, the first day of Holy Week and the Sunday before Easter, commemorating Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It usually includes a procession of members of the congregation carrying palms, representing the palm branches the crowd scattered in front of Jesus as he rode into the city. The liturgy also includes readings recounting the suffering and death of Jesus. Palm Sunday was celebrated in Jerusalem as early as the 4th century and in the West by the 8th century.
And here on Cyprus (where, by the way, we follow the Orthodox calendar, so Easter isn't until later this year) the palms are replaced by olive boughs, which are plentiful here.
In my farming village up in the hills, everyone brings a bunch of olive branches to churc h (with some quiet competition as to whose are the biggest and nicest), and at one point in the service, the boughs are blessed by the priest and then everyone goes outside, in a procession led by the priest and acolytes, circling around the church and carrying the olive boughs.
Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter. It's the day Jesus rode on a donkey to Jerusalem.