(John 12:13) "Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord."

A season called Lent has developed in the religious world which is distinguished by certain days, one of which is based on the above verse and is called "Palm Sunday." The season has its beginning with Mardi Gras which is also called "Fat Tuesday." This is the day before the 40 day Lenten season begins and is a day of unrestrained merry making. The next day is "Ash Wednesday," the day when fasting begins. It is distinguished by people making vows to give up certain favorite practices or foods. Its vow is sealed by a priest smearing some ashes on the forehead of the pilgrim.

"Maunday Thursday" is the Thursday before Easter and is celebrated by the Eucharist, washing of feet, etc. "Good Friday" is the crucifixion celebration and it reaches a climax on "Easter Sunday," a day for celebrating the resurrection of Christ.

This seasonal celebration is primarily a Catholic institution but most protestant denominational groups have adopted it or at least parts of it. The "Easter"part is almost universally accepted in the religious world.

The whole thing comes out of the mind of man. The only thing in the whole celebration of which we read in the Bible is the word "Easter" in Acts 12:4 in the King James Version and it is a MIStranslation of the Greek word "pascha." The true translation of that word is "passover." Even the Catholic Bible fails to translate it as Easter. It renders it simply as "pasch." All modern translations render it as passover..

So, like many other beliefs and practices in the religious world, this one has no Bible basis and is also a false doctrine.

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