On Palm Sunday, Christians throughout the world celebrate the day Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem days before his crucifixion.
Crowds left palm fronds and clothing in his path as a sign of praise and respect.
But millions of American Christians will observe Palm Sunday at home this year, as the coronavirus pandemic has forced most US churches to hold services online because of stay-at-home orders.
When is it celebrated?
Palm Sunday is the last Sunday of Lent and first day of Holy Week in Christian churches. It falls on the Sunday before Easter and is always a movable feast.
Who celebrates Palm Sunday?
It is celebrated in all major Christian churches, including Roman Catholic and Protestant. In Orthodox churches, which follow the Julian calender, Palm Sunday is celebrated later.
Why does Palm Sunday matter to Christians?
The day marks Jesus’ monumental arrival in Jerusalem, the start of the march to his death on a wooden cross. It’s also known as Passion Sunday in honor his suffering and death before his resurrection.