Palm Sunday 2023


When is Palm Sunday 2023?

Palm Sunday 2023 is on Sunday, April 2, 2023 (in 62 days).  Calendar for 2023
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What is Palm Sunday?

The typical image of Palm Sunday: Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey (early 1900s Bible card illustration)The typical image of Palm Sunday: 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 Sunday and is therefore, like Easter, a movable 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'.

The meaning of Palm Sunday - why is Palm Sunday celebrated?

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.

In the Eastern Orthodox Church Palm Sunday is preceded by Lazarus Saturday.

For further information see Wikipedia's entry on Palm Sunday.

When is Palm Sunday 2024?

Palm Sunday 2024 is on Sunday, March 24, 2024 (in 419 days).  Calendar for 2024

Dates for Palm Sunday from 2018 to 2028

The next occurrence of Palm Sunday is marked in red.

When is ...? Date      Day of the week      Days away     
Palm Sunday 2018      March 25, 2018      Sunday      1771 days ago
Palm Sunday 2019      April 14, 2019      Sunday      1386 days ago
Palm Sunday 2020      April 5, 2020      Sunday      1029 days ago
Palm Sunday 2021      March 28, 2021      Sunday      672 days ago
Palm Sunday 2022      April 10, 2022      Sunday      294 days ago
Palm Sunday 2023      April 2, 2023      Sunday      in 62 days
Palm Sunday 2024      March 24, 2024      Sunday      in 419 days
Palm Sunday 2025      April 13, 2025      Sunday      in 804 days
Palm Sunday 2026      March 29, 2026      Sunday      in 1154 days
Palm Sunday 2027      March 21, 2027      Sunday      in 1511 days
Palm Sunday 2028      April 9, 2028      Sunday      in 1896 days
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Palm Sunday 2023
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