Palm Sunday in Jerusalem

Yesterday was Palm Sunday, the holiday commemorating the triumphant return of Jesus to Jerusalem, prior to his crucifixion and martyrdom. The tradition states that when he rode into Jerusalem the people layed down their cloaks and palm fronts in front of him, as a sign of respect.

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Today, Palm Sunday attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the world to reenact Jesus’s walk into Jerusalem. The procession starts on the Mount of Olives and proceeds down into the Kidron Valley, past the Garden of Gethsemane, and into Jerusalem via the Lion’s Gate.

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There were dispatches from all of the city’s various Arab Christian denominations and monasteries leading the parade.

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We followed the parade into the Old City and into the various important Christians sites (the birthplace of Mary etc) and then the parade dissipated and we went home.

All photos by Aline Khoury.

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~ by Josh on April 6, 2009.

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