The crowds left palm leaves and clothes in his path as a sign of praise and respect.
Here’s what you need to know about Sunday that launches the holiest days of the world’s Christians:
Who celebrates Palm Sunday?
It is celebrated in all major Christian churches, including Roman Catholic and Protestant. In Orthodox churches, which follow the Julian calendar, Palm Sunday is celebrated later.
Why does Palm Sunday mean something to Christians?
The day marks Jesus̵
How is it observed?
Palm Sunday is often celebrated with processions and distribution of blessed palm leaves.
In some churches, palms are stored and burned in ashes to be used on ashes on Wednesday next year. Some Christians cross their palms and keep them in their homes.
The Vatican announced this week that the liturgical celebration of Pope Francis from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday will take place before empty pews in St. Peter’s Church.
Sunday’s papal Mass used to draw thousands of pilgrims from all over the world to the scattered square at the Vatican.
St. Peter’s Square is strangely empty for tourists and pilgrims.
How is the day celebrated during the pandemic?
Like sports leagues, museums and other cultural institutions, millions of churches and mosques, synagogues and sanghas, temples and gurdwaras are temporarily closed to protect themselves against the spread of the virus.