Worldwide, many Christians are celebrating Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week. This is the day that Jesus, according to the Gospels, rode into Jerusalem on a burro, a triumphal event that believers hoped would be the beginning of establishing an earthly kingdom, rescuing them from enslavement under the Romans.
Instead, it was the beginning of the end when He would be put to death at the end of the week. Celebrated with Palm leaves in many churches, often with children waving them in celebration, this event is joyful in anticipation of freedom.
Some churches do not celebrate Palm Sunday, arguing that Holy Week emphasis is celebrated throughout their church year. Whether or not you observe Palm Sunday, it is important to note that many Christians do, with great reverence, celebration, and due piety. Many Anchorage churches observed and celebrated Palm Sunday today.