What you should know about Holy Week and Easter

Much as its name suggests, Holy Week is the most sacred week of the Christian calendar. Here’s what to expect:

Palm Sunday

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For Christians, Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem prior to his crucifixion, when palm leaves and clothing were laid in his path. It’s often celebrated with a distribution of palm leaves. It is the last Sunday of Lent and the first day of Holy Week.

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Maundy Thursday

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Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, commemorates the Last Supper, before Jesus’ crucifixion. Some churches have a special communion services and may engage in a ritual of washing parishioners’ feet on this day.

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Good Friday

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For Christians, Good Friday is a day of mourning and penance marking the day Jesus died on the cross.

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Easter Sunday

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On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It also marks the end of the 40-day period of penance called Lent.

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Symbols and customs

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Eggs have long been a symbol of life and rebirth. The practice of painting and dying eggs pre-dates Christianity.

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Origins of the Easter Bunny are unclear, but he appears in early German writings.

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