Easter is right around the corner! But before we jump into egg hunts, Easter decorations and basket stuffers, there is Holy Week. This religious week takes place from Sunday, April 10, to Saturday, April 16, 2022, which is considered some of the most sacred seven days out of the Christian calendar year. It’s a time to commemorate and learn about the events leading up to Jesus Christ’s death. The first day that commences Holy Week is Palm Sunday, a day where Jesus was celebrated and welcomed when entering the city of Jerusalem.
So, whether you celebrate Palm Sunday every year or are new to this religious day, we are sharing a little bit of history behind this day, as well other significant dates during Holy Week that lead up to Easter Sunday. Go ahead and mark your calendars!
When is Palm Sunday and why is it celebrated?
This year, Palm Sunday falls on April 10, 2022.
Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week, a seven-day span that culminates the day before Easter Sunday. The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphant arrival in the city of Jerusalem for Passover, where he was greeted by a crowd of people laying palm branches at his feet. According to Christianity.com, his welcomers hoped that Jesus would overthrow the Roman government in Jerusalem. They shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord,” “Blessed is the king of Israel" and other words of praise.
Nowadays, there are still palms involved in the Palm Sunday mass. Each year, palms are blessed and distributed, and many believers tie them into the shape of a cross. According to the World Catholic Library, "Because the palms are blessed, they may not be discarded as trash. Instead, they are appropriately gathered at the church and incinerated to create the ashes that will be used in the follow year's Ash Wednesday observance."
When is Palm Sunday in 2022?
This year, Palm Sunday is on April 10. The rest of Holy Week is as follows:
- Palm Sunday: April 10
- Maundy Thursday: April 14
- Good Friday: April 15
- Holy Saturday: April 16
- Easter Sunday: April 17
Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper; Good Friday commemorates Jesus' crucifixion; Holy Saturday commemorates the vigil that Jesus' followers held outside of his tomb; and Easter Sunday celebrates the day Christ rose from the dead.
When is Palm Sunday in 2023?
In 2023, Palm Sunday will fall on April 2. Easter Sunday will fall on April 9, 2023.