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    Palm Sunday in the Philippines 2012


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     rolandroldan says Palm Sunday is celebrated all across the Philippines. He says the celebration symbolizes the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. He says early in the morning people in the Philippines buy palm branches, which they take with them to church. These branches are then blessed by a priest along with the people. Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Palm Sunday is being celebrated in the Philipines by blessings of the palm branches and the devotees holding it.Once blessed, the palm branches (palaspas), are taken home by the faithful and are hung beside, on or above doorways and windows. Although the true purpose of this custom is to welcome Jesus Christ, many Filipinos hold the branches to be apotropaic, turning away any evil spirits as well as averting lightning strikes and fires.

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