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.