San Pedro Sacatepequez, Guatemala City

A traditionally dressed child holds a palm to take part in the procession

Photograph: Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images



East Jerusalem

Christian worshippers gather at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ

Photograph: Oded Balilty/AP



Vatican, Italy

People shade themselves from the sun as the Pope preaches in St. Peter’s Square

Photograph: Evandro Inetti/Zuma Press/Press Association Images



Mount Olives, East Jerusalem

Catholic nuns rejoice during the traditional Palm Sunday procession from Mount Olives to Jerusalem’s Old City

Photograph: Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images



Suchitoto, El Salvador

Catholics participate in the Palm Sunday procession

Photograph: Stringer/Reuters



Cathedral of San Cristobal de La Laguna, Tenerife

An altar boy carries a cross after the morning Mass

Photograph: Desiree Martin/AFP/Getty Images



Mumbai, India

An Indian Christian makes a cross with palm leaves after she arrived for the Palm Sunday mass

Photograph: Rafiq Maqbool/AP



Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

A woman participates in a mass held as part of the Palm Sunday celebrations

Photograph: Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images


Quezon, Philippines

With their best dresses on, girls join the Palm Sunday rites outside the Holy Family Parish church

Photograph: Aaron Favila/AP



Malaga, Spain

Actor Antonio Banderas and his brother Javier Dominguez Banderas, right, wait in front of the float of the icon of the Virgin Mary of Tears and Favors at St. John church

Photograph: Jorge Zapata/EPA


Malaga, Spain

Actor Antonio Banderas walks between the handles of the float of the icon of the Virgin Mary of Tears and Favors at St. John church before the beginning of the icon’s procession as part of the Palm Sunday ceremonies

Photograph: Jorge Zapata/EPA



Managua, Nicaragua

A Catholic holds a palm cross during a candle lit Palm Sunday ceremony at the Metropolitan cathedral

Photograph: Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters



Lipnica Murowana, Poland

An Easter Palm Contest to find the tallest constructed palms on Palm Sunday at the market square

Photograph: Beata Zawrzel/Beata Zawrzel/Demotix/Corbis



Vatican, Italy

Cardinals attend the Palm Sunday celebrations at St Peter’s square

Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images



Vatican, Italy

Faithful hold palm leaves before the start of the Palm Sunday mass led by Pope Francis at Saint Peter’s Square

Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters



Vatican, Italy

Pope Francis blesses the palms with holy water during the Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Square

Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images



Heiligenstadt, Germany

Believers are reflected in the roof of a car as they carry a cross of life-size figures from the Passion of Christ in front of several thousand people

Photograph: Jens Meyer/AP


Sadd el Baouchriyeh, Lebanon

Children hold candles and olive branches as Syriac Catholic Iraqis, who fled the violence in their country, gather to celebrate Palm Sunday

Photograph: Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images



Kano, Nigeria

In the mainly Christian Sabon Gari neighbourhood a Nigerian man prays on Palm Sunday in the yard of the St Charles Catholic church, scene of a 2014 bomb attack blamed on Boko Haram Islamic insurgents

Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP



Sevilla, Spain

Members of the Borriquita brotherhood hold palm leaf weaves during their celebrations

Photograph: Cristina Quicler/AFP/Getty Images