Palm Sunday: Christians across the globe observe Jesus’ final days

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Indian Christian worshippers take part in a Palm Sunday Mass in Chennai on April 9, 2017. Palm Sunday marks the sixth and last Sunday of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

Indian Christian worshippers take part in a Palm Sunday Mass in Chennai on April 9, 2017. Palm Sunday marks the sixth and last Sunday of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

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Catholics attends the special mass on 'Palm Sunday' at St John's school ground in Ranchi, India. (Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

Catholics attends the special mass on 'Palm Sunday' at St John's school ground in Ranchi, India. (Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

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Palm Sunday marks the moment when the Son of God entered Jerusalem in triumph riding on the back of a donkey while crowds, who would later call for him to be killed, paid homage to him. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Palm Sunday marks the moment when the Son of God entered Jerusalem in triumph riding on the back of a donkey while crowds, who would later call for him to be killed, paid homage to him. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

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Pope Francis blesses a child at the end of the Palm Sunday mass, on April 9, 2017 at St Peter's square in Vatican. (Vincenzo PINTO / AFP)

Pope Francis blesses a child at the end of the Palm Sunday mass, on April 9, 2017 at St Peter's square in Vatican. (Vincenzo PINTO / AFP)

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Christians believe it was a week before his death and resurrection, and the events of that day are recalled in special Palm Sunday services each year. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

Christians believe it was a week before his death and resurrection, and the events of that day are recalled in special Palm Sunday services each year. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

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Pope Francis greets the crowd at the end of the Palm Sunday mass. (Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

Pope Francis greets the crowd at the end of the Palm Sunday mass. (Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

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Russian Orthodox nun carries an icon during the Palm Sunday procession outside the Saint Isaac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, on April 9, 2017. (OLGA MALTSEVA / AFP)

Russian Orthodox nun carries an icon during the Palm Sunday procession outside the Saint Isaac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, on April 9, 2017. (OLGA MALTSEVA / AFP)

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Palm Sunday, which falls on April 9 this year, is the first day of Holy Week and the most solemn time in the Christian calendar. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

Palm Sunday, which falls on April 9 this year, is the first day of Holy Week and the most solemn time in the Christian calendar. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

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Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. (Tony Gentile / REUTERS)

Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. (Tony Gentile / REUTERS)

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Children paint a huge symbolic egg in preparation for Orthodox Easter, after the Palm Sunday mass at the St. Peter's Cathedral in the High-Petrovsky monastery in Moscow, Russia. (AP)

Children paint a huge symbolic egg in preparation for Orthodox Easter, after the Palm Sunday mass at the St. Peter's Cathedral in the High-Petrovsky monastery in Moscow, Russia. (AP)

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Young people from Panama carry a wooden cross as Panama will host the 2017 World Youth Day, during the Palm Sunday mass. (Vincenzo PINTO / AFP)

Young people from Panama carry a wooden cross as Panama will host the 2017 World Youth Day, during the Palm Sunday mass. (Vincenzo PINTO / AFP)

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Pakistani Christian women pray during a Palm Sunday mass in St. Anthony church in Lahore, Pakistan. (K.M. Chaudary / AP)

Pakistani Christian women pray during a Palm Sunday mass in St. Anthony church in Lahore, Pakistan. (K.M. Chaudary / AP)

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The name Palm Sunday comes from the palm branches that people laid down in Jesus’ path as he rode into Jerusalem on the donkey. (Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

The name Palm Sunday comes from the palm branches that people laid down in Jesus’ path as he rode into Jerusalem on the donkey. (Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

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Palm Sunday is also known as Fig Sunday because tradition maintains that Jesus cursed a fig tree that would not bear fruit, and ate figs after his entry into Jerusalem. Dried figs are often eaten on the day. (Ammar Awad / REUTERS)

Palm Sunday is also known as Fig Sunday because tradition maintains that Jesus cursed a fig tree that would not bear fruit, and ate figs after his entry into Jerusalem. Dried figs are often eaten on the day. (Ammar Awad / REUTERS)

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Palm Sunday is followed by Maundy Thursday on April 13, Good Friday on April 14, Easter Sunday on April 16 and Easter. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)

Palm Sunday is followed by Maundy Thursday on April 13, Good Friday on April 14, Easter Sunday on April 16 and Easter. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)

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Russian Orthodox priests carry palm branches during the Palm Sunday procession outside the Saint Isaac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg. (OLGA MALTSEVA / AFP)

Russian Orthodox priests carry palm branches during the Palm Sunday procession outside the Saint Isaac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg. (OLGA MALTSEVA / AFP)

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