One of many religious or secular observances that occur in spring, Palm Sunday is celebrated by Christians on the Sunday before Easter. Modern churches commemorate this day as the beginning of Holy Week.
Have you ever heard people say they were giving up something for Lent? This is a tradition that some religions observe as a time of sacrifice. People give up a favorite food or commit to taking time to help others, beginning 40 days before Easter.
You might be surprised to know that many countries celebrate Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, the day before Lent begins. This tradition got its start centuries ago, when people tried to use up certain ingredients in their pantries before Lent.
Many symbols associated with Easter have secular or pagan origins, such as rabbits, lambs, eggs and chicks, and flowers. Most of these symbols are linked to the idea of the renewal of life brought by spring.
What are your family traditions during this time of year? Read about Easter customs at Why Easter?, whyeaster.com/customs.
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