The modern word “pilgrim” comes from the old “pulmonic”, which, in turn, is derived from the Latin palmarius (“man, holding a palm branch”). So originally named faithful participants of the procession in the Holy Land. Those who wanted to meet in Jerusalem Bright Resurrection of Christ, came ahead of time to spend in the Holy City and the entire Holy week. And since Holy week precedes the feast of the Entry of Christ into Jerusalem (otherwise this holiday is also called the Week of palm Sunday, or in the Russian Orthodox tradition – palm Sunday), and the main event of the day was the procession to the walls of Jerusalem, the pilgrims who took part in this procession, was carrying palm branches. The same branches almost two thousand years ago met Christ the inhabitants of Jerusalem. As a rule, in addition to various relics, they took home as a souvenir and these palm branches.
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