Hoseana( Palm Sunday ) is the celebration of the entry of Jesus to Jerusalem riding a donkey. Children in Jerusalem sang Hoseana praising Jesus Christ.The day is celebrated in a peculiar way. It’s very common to see laity wearing cube shaped palm rings and wearing palm stripes on the head. The feast proceeds the holiest week in the entire Lent.

The last week is known in Ethiopia as “himamat” which corresponds to “passion week.” It is the time during which the laity commemorates and lives moments of pain and suffering leading to the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The most pious ones extend their fasting time to two days, three days or even a week depending on their spiritual strength. Along with fasting, prostration is the hallmark of the week. The liturgy for the week is a bit different and emphasizes the experiences of Jesus leading to Golgotha where he was crucified.