Today is the beginning of Holy Week for all Christians. (At least that I know of) It is the day that Jesus rode in on a donkey into Jerusalem and saw the world change forever. Palms were laid down on the ground and held up in the air to celebrate Jesus’ entry. This was very upsetting to the Sanhedrin and Rome.
The palms were used as a part of the celebration of Sukkot. During Sukkot, temporary housing was built, normally out of palms, where people were to live for the day doing no other work. It should be noted that not only palms were placed down in Jesus’ path but garments and other types of branches as well.
The people shouted “Hosanna” which basically means “save us” in Hebrew. They were welcoming their King and Lord into their lives. Regrettably, not long after many of these same people were shouting “Crucify Him”.
Those receiving Palms on Palm Sunday should remember that after taking the Palms home they should be buried or burned, not just randomly discarded. As with most religious symbols, they are meant to remind us of what came before us. No matter your religion, the value of any religious symbol should be honored by all.
How to celebrate – If you are Christian, attend church today. Remember to bury or burn the palms you have gathered. Remember those who came before us.