Easter is an important tradition throughout Mallorca and the preparation for Easter begins on Palm Sunday. To remember the events of the Passion of Christ, the celebrations begin with palm and olive branches being blessed at churches across the island.
Palm Sunday is one of the most important days in the Christian calendar after Christmas and Easter. On this day Christians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before his death and resurrection. For many Christian churches, Palm Sunday, often referred to as “Passion Sunday,” marks the beginning of Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday. The Bible reveals that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the crowds greeted him by waving palm branches and covering his path with palm branches. In Palma the celebrations of Easter Week begin this Sunday with the Passion Mass in the Cathedral of Palma followed by the procession of priests and believers through the streets preceded by the Bishop of Palma blessing with holy water the palm branches and olive trees brought by numerous spectators. It is customary to bring the blessed palm branches home to adorn the front doors as an element of protection for the family.