This Christian observance falls on the Sunday before Easter and is the sixth and last Sunday of Lent, which began on Ash Wednesday. The beginning of Holy Week, Palm Sunday marks the day when Christ rode into Jerusalem a week before his death and resurrection and was greeted by its people, who strewed cloaks and tree branches along his path to honor him as their king. This event is known as the Triumphal Entry.
Nowadays, Palm Sunday service often includes the blessing of palm leaves (or substitute branches from yews, willows, or other plants) before a procession into or in the church, after which hymns are sung and readings that focus on Christ’s final week are given. In many Christian denominations, palm fronds are burned at the end of the service; the ashes are saved for use on the next Ash Wednesday.
Palm Sunday is also called Passion, Branch, Yew, Willow, Blossom, or Fig Sunday, as well as Flower Day and several other names.
Question of the Day
I have some pecan trees in my yard. The fruit of the nut is never good and looks as if it’s rotten. Can you tell me what it is or what to do about it?
Pecan scab, a fungus disease, may be the culprit. Fungicide spray should begin two weeks after budbreak. We’d also suggest consulting your county agent through the Cooperative Extension Service. Be sure to burn old hulls and infested nuts in order to control shuckworm and nut weevils.
Advice of the Day
After scrambling eggs, add salted water to the frying pan for easy cleanup.
Home Hint of the Day
End checking in lumber occurs because the ends, exposed to the air, dry faster than the rest of the board. Prevent this by sealing the end grain with wax, shellac, or paint.
Word of the Day
The difference in degrees between the celestial longitudes of a planet and the Sun. Greatest Elongation (Gr. Elong.): The greatest apparent distance of a planet from the Sun, as seen from Earth.
Puzzle of the Day
How did the man feel when he got his bill from the electric company?
He was shocked!
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Frances Perkins(first woman to hold a cabinet position in the U.S.)–
Dolores Huerta(American civil rights activist)–
Steven Seagal(actor and martial artist)–
Mandy Moore(singer & actress)–
Haley Joel Osment(actor)–
Safety pin patented by Walter Hunt–
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was incorporated–
First Arbor Day celebration held in Nebraska–
Trans-Canada Air Lines created by Parliament–
Feature length, full color, 3-D movie premiered in NYC: House of Wax starring Vincent Price–
A 5-pound white crappie was caught in the Bibb County pond in Georgia–
The comic strip FoxTrot debuted–
Charles Osgood became host of CBS’s Sunday Morning”“–
Danny Willett won the Masters golf tournament–
Portland, Maine, had 15 inches of snow–
Dust storms became severe in Kansas and Iowa, closing schools and highways–
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