Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Palm Sunday & Easter Traditions

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This is a very busy time of year for our family. Our Easter traditions begin on Palm Sunday. When I was a child, we would go to Mass and receive our palm. Then we would go to my grandparents' house. My aunts, uncles, and cousins would all meet us there. We exchanged palm leaves with each family member, young and old. No one has ever been able to explain why we did this, except that it was an Italian tradition. Personally, I think my grandmother (or maybe her mother before her) invented teh tradition as a way to ensure her adult children attended Mass. After all, it wasn't like they could just go pick up a palm leaf at the grocery store. (And they don't grow on the trees here in Southern New England.)

We don't do this anymore. My grandparents have passed and my family has scattered. But it is definitely a tradition I intend to resurrect when my own children leave home.

My husband grew up with a different Palm Sunday tradition. He places a leaf behind each crucifix in the house. He has taught our children to do this and they rush to complete the task as soon as we get home on Palm Sunday. This is a tradition I hope the continue to celebrate with their children.

What about you?
What are some of your favorite Easter traditions?

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