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Palm Sunday in Australia

Many Christians living in Australia 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
Palms are offered to people at many church services on Palm Sunday.
Palms are offered to people at many church services on Palm Sunday.

What Do People Do?

Many churches in Australia, particularly the Catholic churches, have Palm Sunday services (or mass) to celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. It is also a time for Christians to remember Jesus’ suffering before his death and resurrection. Priests bless palms before distributing them to the congregation. They sometimes come in the shape of a cross and may be used to make Ash Wednesday ashes for the next year.

Catholic schools may have special lessons about the meaning, traditions and history of Palm Sunday as part of their religious teachings. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia recognizes the Saturday of Lazarus from a liturgical viewpoint as the pre-feast of Palm Sunday. Both Palm Sunday and the Saturday of Lazarus have a common theme – triumph and victory.

Public Life

Palm Sunday is not a federal holiday in Australia. However, it is held on a Sunday, which is a non-school day and non-working day for many Australians. Public transport services run to the usual Sunday schedules and many businesses, particularly in rural Australia, are often closed. However, some businesses, including retail shops, remain open in areas where there is Sunday trading, particularly in large cities.

Background and Symbols

Many churches in Australia observe Palm Sunday as part of Holy Week. Many churches, particularly the Greek Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church, traditionally observed this day over the years. It is important to note that some parts of Australia have a large Greek community, particularly in Melbourne and Sydney. Many Greek Orthodox churches celebrate Palm Sunday at a later date than the date observed by many western churches. This is because many Greek Orthodox churches still use the Julian calendar, which predates the Gregorian calendar used in Australia.

Palm Sunday is a time to reflect on victory, joy and peace so many Australians have historically used the day as an opportunity to take part in peace parades or protests that allow them to voice their opinions on issues such as war, uranium, and nuclear disarmament.

About Palm Sunday in other countries

Read more about Palm Sunday.

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 Australia celebrates Jesus Christ’s entry into Jerusalem. It is also the Sunday before Easter Sunday.

Palm Sunday 2018

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Palm Sunday 2019

Sunday, April 14, 2019


Name in other languages

Palm SundayEnglish

List of dates for other years

Related holidays

Other holidays in March 2019 in Australia

United Nation Holidays on March 25, 2019

Fun Holidays on March 25, 2019

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