Culture & Art 15.03.2016

Palm Sunday in Dubrovnik

People of Dubrovnik pay great respect towards the customs and traditions associated with Easter time.


On the beginning of the Holy Week, the Palm Sunday, one of such intrinsic Dubrovnik area traditions is taking ‘pomica’ – plaited palm leaves, and olive twigs to church for blessing.


Palm trees are known for their resilience and long years of blooming thus becoming a symbol of immortality, in addition to being a symbol of victory and renewals. Interwoven using centuries-old technique, these branches are believed to bring health, happiness and prosperity to the family and household. So much so that the following year, when the new palm branches are blessed, the old ones are set alight, as they are never to be thrown away as rubbish.

The custom is rooted on the Christian reenactment of the of Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem. In the Gospels, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey, and to the lavish praise of the townspeople who threw clothes, or possibly palms or small branches, in front of him as a sign of homage. This was a customary practice for people of great respect.


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