Palm Sunday 2016

When is Palm Sunday 2016?

Palm Sunday 2016 is on Sunday, March 20, 2016 (in 111 days).
Palm Sunday 2015 has already passed - it was on Sunday, March 29, 2015, 245 days ago.

What is Palm Sunday?

Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey (early 1900s Bible card illustration)Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey (early 1900s Bible card illustration)
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and is an important Christian festival around the world. It falls on the Sunday before Easter and is therefore, like Easter, a moveable feast (i.e. a religious celebration or observance which does not occur on the same date each year). Western Christian churches often refer to Palm Sunday as 'The Sunday of the Passion', while Orthodox Christian churches may call the festival 'The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem'.

Palm Sunday is a commemoration of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, coming in peace and riding on a donkey. Jesus' entry into Jerusalem coincided with the Jewish festival of Passover. He was met by crowds of followers and supporters who lined the road into the city and waved branches cut from palm trees. They laid palm fronds on the road and even laid down cloaks for Jesus to ride over. This entry into Jerusalem fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies promising that God's Messiah would enter the holy city and go to the temple.

Palm Sunday church services typically start with a procession of churchgoers carrying branches (often of willow or pussy willow) and palms. The service may include a Dramatization of the Passion. Small crosses, each made of a single palm frond, are blessed and distributed to everyone in the congregation. Additional crosses are kept until the following year when they are burned to make the ashes for Ash Wednesday observances. A few churches also maintain the ancient tradition of distributing small biscuit-like cakes, called Pax Cakes, which are marked with a lamb as a symbol of peace and goodwill. Palm fronds may be used as altar and other church decorations. Children often play a prominent role in Palm Sunday services.

When is Palm Sunday 2017?

Palm Sunday 2017 is on Sunday, April 9, 2017 (in 496 days).

Dates for Palm Sunday from 2010 to 2020

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When is ...? Date      Day of the week      Days away     
Palm Sunday 2010      March 28, 2010      Sunday      2072 days ago
Palm Sunday 2011      April 17, 2011      Sunday      1687 days ago
Palm Sunday 2012      April 1, 2012      Sunday      1337 days ago
Palm Sunday 2013      March 24, 2013      Sunday      980 days ago
Palm Sunday 2014      April 13, 2014      Sunday      595 days ago
Palm Sunday 2015      March 29, 2015      Sunday      245 days ago
Palm Sunday 2016      March 20, 2016      Sunday      in 111 days
Palm Sunday 2017      April 9, 2017      Sunday      in 496 days
Palm Sunday 2018      March 25, 2018      Sunday      in 846 days
Palm Sunday 2019      April 14, 2019      Sunday      in 1231 days
Palm Sunday 2020      April 5, 2020      Sunday      in 1588 days
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