For me it is the day before Pesach, a day for cleaning the cupboards of the last vestiges of bread, cookies, pasta, etc.--anything that may have touched leavening. Tomorrow we start a week of eating matsa, the hard "bread of affliction," instead of soft bread.
But for Christians, today is Palm Sunday and I wish you all a joyous holy day.
If I were a braver blogger, I would have gone to the Holy Sepulchre to get you fresh photos of the festivities.
I should explain that this ancient church is not your modern orderly type of church. It has no pews or chairs. You do not have your own space.
Instead you have surging masses of pilgrims, the press of bodies, a lack of air.
Last time I was in the huge church for Palm Sunday, I was literally trapped in the crowd and could not force my way to the only door.
But my pictures from 2007 are basically no different from what is happening this very day and year.
So I invite you to see my previous slideshows, from the comfort of our own homes:
- Morning services for Palm Sunday in the Holy Sepulchre
- Afternoon pilgrimage of the faithful from Mt. of Olives to the Old City