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When is Palm Sunday 2013? On Sunday, March 24, 2013, Christians (Catholics in particular) around the world celebrate Palm Sunday, which marks Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in all four canonical gospels—Mark, Matthew, Luke and John—of the Holy Bible. Palm Sunday always takes place the Sunday before Easter, and since that holiday shifts from year to year, it’s said to be a “moveable feast.”

On March 24, 2013, Palm Sunday will bring the ceremonial distribution of palm leaves, some tied to crosses. According to the Bible, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem and was greeted by people who laid down cloaks and small tree branches—tributes to the King of Israel, as he was known to his followers. Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week, which also includes Holy Thursday (the day of Jesus’ arrest), Good Friday (the day of his crucifixion), Holy Saturday (when Jesus was laid in his tomb) and Easter (his resurrection).

Palm Sunday marks the final Sunday of lent, the roughly six-week period during which Catholics and Christians of other denominations atone for their sins and give up luxuries as penitence. The date range of lent changes from year to year, thus shifting Palm Sunday. While 2013’s festivities take place March 24, they won’t occur until April 13 in 2014 and March 29 in 2015.

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