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Christians Forced To Celebrate Palm Sunday Indoors Due To COVID-19

Today is Palms Sunday, where Christians celebrate the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, before his crucifixion but due to COVID-19, Christians are marking the day indoors.

 

Millions of Christians re observing The Palm Sunday at home this year, as the coronavirus pandemic has forced churches to hold services online because of stay-at-home orders.

 

Palm Sunday is the last Sunday of Lent and the first day of Holy Week in Christian churches. It falls on the Sunday before Easter which is huge Christian Celebration.

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The day marks Jesus’ monumental arrival in Jerusalem, the start of the march to his death on a wooden cross. It is also Passion Sunday in honour of his suffering and death before his resurrection.

 

Christians Celebrate Palm Sunday Indoors Due To COVID-19
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Palm Sunday is celebrated with processions and distribution of blessed palm leaves. In some churches, the palms are saved and burned into ashes and used on Ash Wednesday of the next year.

 

Also, some Christians fold the palm fronds into crosses and keep them in their homes.

 

Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic has forced Christian leaders to come up with new ways to observe the holy day.

 

From streaming, video and audio on social media to palms dipped in bleach to volunteers in protective garb handing out sanitized palms to passing cars.
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Like sports leagues, museums and other cultural institutions, millions of churches and mosques, are temporarily closed to guard against spreading the virus.

 

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