What willow to prepare on the Palm Sunday?
B 2009 on April 12 Orthodox Christians celebrate a holiday at which is the whole four names. The first, most “ correct “ - it “ Palm Sunday “. This day remember how Jesus Christ on the eve of the last Easter drove on Oslyanka to the city of Jerusalem, and the people joyfully met him, shouted “ Hosanna! “ (it is the Jewish analog our habitual “ Hurrah! “) waved palm branches and flowers.
Sense at a holiday double. On the one hand, remind us that each meeting good luck is a pleasure, and with another - remind that the same people who met Christ with flowers in several days demanded its crucifixion. Each Christian urge to assimilate to them in the first and not to resemble them in the second at all.
Two more names of this holiday “ Week tsvetonosny “ and “ Week of vaiya “. “ Week “ - this Slavic name of Sunday. “ Vay “ - palm branches. In Israel by Easter everything is valid usually blossoms including numerous palm trees. A palm branch - one of the most ancient symbols of a classical antiquity, for example in Greece and Rome with a palm branch in hands represented the goddess of victory Nika.
Such value remained still, for example, “ Palm branch “ award winners of the Cannes Film Festival. In Judea conquered by Rome the symbolics of a palm branch was a little another. Here the palm tree was one of symbols of virtue and proximity to God: the righteous person in psalms is compared with “ the blossoming palm tree “.
Well to Christians of those countries where at this time everything already blossoms and turns green. And how to be in Russia? If Easter late is also necessary for the beginning of May, then there can be some first flowers it is already possible to find. And if early yes at cold spring? What flowers, snowdrifts still around in March and even in the first half of April!
Here also we use instead of a palm tree our most early-flowering trees - a willow yes a willow. From here and the most widespread name of a holiday - “ Palm Sunday “.
In many cities celebration of this day was followed so-called “ Procession on oslyat “: a performance of entry of Christ into Jerusalem where as the Lord the local bishop or the metropolitan acted. The most magnificent and colourful processions were arranged in Moscow of the XVI-XVII centuries. The patriarch went on a horse who symbolized “ donkey “ “ and by the bridle this horse was conducted by the tsar. On separate sledge carried magnificently dressed up willow. Such willow covered with walnuts, dates, apples and paper flowers are a closest predecessor of a modern New Year tree.
Now in orthodox church the custom remained to consecrate the most usual branches of a willow or a willow. Though here many believers do beautiful bouquets in which the willow adjoins to the real palm branches and flowers.
And here in Catholic Lithuania “ willows “ call bouquets in which there is no willow at all. Lithuanian “ willow “ - it is the real ikebana from the painted sukhotsvet. To do it - a true art. It both usual bouquets, and the magnificent artificial flowers created from colored ears and the compact branches painted in bright colors of the Lithuanian flag - red, green and yellow.
Well matched to the Lithuanian willow and Polish “ palm tree “. Some compositions from leaves and flowers which are established in churches reach several meters in height.
And in France there is a custom magnificently to decorate small myrtaceous or citrus trees by this day. And in Southern Europe, in Spain or Italy, bouquets make practically of everything that blossoms in the spring. And almost everything blossoms there at this time.
So the willow or a palm branch can be prepared any, the main thing, behind efforts not to forget about the main sense of a holiday - pleasure from a soul meeting good luck.