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Palm Sunday in United States

Many Christians in the United States remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, which marks the beginning of Holy Week. This day is also on the Sunday before Easter Sunday.

Cross palms
The palm and the cross are Christian symbols that are seen in churches at a Palm Sunday service or mass.
The palm and the cross are Christian symbols that are seen in churches at a Palm Sunday service or mass.

What Do People Do?

Programs of sacred music are performed in many towns and cities in the United States on Palm Sunday. They are often sponsored by and held in local churches but they may also be part of the musical community’s regular concert series. These programs usually begin on or before Palm Sunday and may continue throughout Holy Week. Bethany College’s Messiah Festival in Lindsborg, Kansas, has been held during Holy Week for more than 100 years.

Plays or pageants that focus on Holy Week themes are also performed on Palm Sunday. The Blessing of the Fleet in St Augustine, Florida, takes place on Palm Sunday each year. Shrimp trawlers and other fishing boats, as well as privately owned vessels, visit the town to receive a blessing. It is also customary for Christians to place blessed palm leaves in the shape of a cross behind religious images or statues in homes, stores and restaurants in the United States.

Public Life

Palm Sunday is not a federal holiday in the United States. However, it is held on a Sunday, which is a non-school day and non-working day for many Americans.

Background and Symbols

Palm Sunday is observed among many Christian churches as part of Holy Week in the United States. The term Pascua Florida, which in Spain originally referred to Palm Sunday, was later applied to the festive season of Easter Week. The state of Florida received its name when Ponce de Leon first sighted the land and named it in 1513 most likely because the date was around Easter.

Palm leaves symbolize victory and joy among many Christians in the United States. Some churches use silk plant leaves or substitute palm leaves with olive branches on Palm Sunday because palm leaves can be difficult to find in some areas in the United States.

About Palm Sunday in other countries

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Palm Sunday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
SunMar 282010Palm SundayChristian 
SunApr 172011Palm SundayChristian 
SunApr 12012Palm SundayChristian 
SunMar 242013Palm SundayChristian 
SunApr 132014Palm SundayChristian 
SunMar 292015Palm SundayChristian 
SunMar 202016Palm SundayChristian 
SunApr 92017Palm SundayChristian 
SunMar 252018Palm SundayChristian 
SunApr 142019Palm SundayChristian 
SunApr 52020Palm SundayChristian 

Quick Facts

Palm Sunday in the United States celebrates Jesus Christ’s entry into Jerusalem. It is also the Sunday before Easter Sunday.

Palm Sunday 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Palm Sunday 2016

Sunday, March 20, 2016


Name in other languages

Palm SundayEnglish
Domingo de RamosSpanish
יום ראשון של הדקליםHebrew
أحد الشعانينArabic

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