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What is Palm Sunday and is it linked to Easter?
Christians across the world are today marking Palm Sunday in the lead up to one of the holiest days in the calendar.
Palm Sunday is observed by various denominations of the faith, including Catholics, Anglicans and Methodists.
It signifies the beginning of Holy Week, and always falls on the Sunday before Good Friday (10 April) and Easter Sunday (12 April).
Heres what you need to know about today.
Palm Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday, marks Jesus arrival to Jerusalem before his arrest on Holy Thursday and crucifixion on Good Friday.
As he approached the city, he asked his disciples to fetch a young donkey from a nearby village for him to ride in on, and was greeted by people waving palm leaves.
It is written in the Bible: They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!.
Christians mark Palm Sunday with many traditions, including church services where palm leaves are blessed and given to worshippers to take home.
The day also offers time for reflection on the final week of Jesus life, his death and resurrection.
The coronavirus pandemic has seen many churches adopt alternate methods in commemorating the day including streaming religious services online.
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