Churches Crowded by Devotees on Palm Sunday

Published on: 25 Mar, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News

24 March 2013

Churches of Kerala were crowded by devotees on the day of Palm Sunday here. Christians account for 22 percent of the state’s 32 million population and Catholics comprise 50 percent of the Christians in Kerala, followed by the Orthodox Church with a population of around 2.5 million.

Palm Sunday is observed with lots of reverence as churches distribute palm leaves freshly cut from coconut trees to commemorate Jesus Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, when palm branches were placed in his path, before his arrest and crucifixion on Good Friday.The palms that are distributed to the faithful are either cut from the coconut trees in the church compound or are brought in by devotees the previous day and stacked up in the churches to be given away the following Sunday.

Starting Sunday, till Easter Sunday (March 31), the devout Christians turn vegetarian and some of them have only the gruel


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