Palm Sunday 2011: Holy Week Begins, Actual Crucifixion Scheduled in Pampanga

By on Apr 17, 2011 in Asia, Holidays, Opinion Comments

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Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week, which Catholics all over the world observe. An actual crucifixion – Kalbaryo (Calvary) is scheduled to happen on Friday, April 22, 2011 at San Pedro Cutud in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga Philippines. The Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) is re-enacted with the participants in complete costumes.

Palm Sunday 2011 has the same rituals as the previous Palm Sundays; the entry of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem is remembered in most churches, and even re-enacted in some.

Palm leaves are prepared and blessed by the priest. Catholics believe that the blessed palm leaves will protect them from harm all year through, so they display them in their houses to ward off “bad vibes.”

Palm Sunday marks also the start of a week-long celebration of the Holy Week, in which the Passover, Maundy Thursday, Black Friday, Saturday are spent in mourning as Catholics conduct vigils in churches. Meat is prohibited during this time and fasting is done by people who want to “suffer penance for their sins.” Easter Sunday follows  where the resurrection of the “Risen Christ” is celebrated.

In Pampanga, Philippines, make-shift tents are erected in each community where they read passages from the Holy Bible about the crucifixion of Christ. This is called “Pabasa” (readings). Devotees from Pampanga have performed the crucifixion every year which had attracted thousands of local and foreign tourists.

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