50 Palm Sunday Trivia Questions and Answers

Palm Sunday is a crucial Christian celebration happening every year just before the Easter weekend. It is believed to be the day when Jesus Christ first rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. At this time Jesus knew what was to follow – the crucifixion and later ascension into heaven.

This day is about peace and salvation. The name Palm Sunday is used because people in Jerusalem threw palm leaves on the floor to greet Jesus.

Palm Sunday Facts Trivia Questions and Answers

During Palm Sunday service, the palm leaves are blessed by a priest and then collected and burned into ash. The ash would later be used in the following year’s Ash Wednesday celebration.

Since palm leaves are blessed, they cannot be thrown away as rubbish. Over the years, Christians have decorated their homes with palm leaves or olive branches. In case you’re wondering how to go about it, you can tuck them behind a religious picture or crucifix.

Check out the following Palm Sunday trivia to test how well you know this Christian holiday.

1. What is Palm Sunday?

Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, where he would be crucified five days later.


2. What is the other name for Palm Sunday?

Branch Sunday


3. When is Palm Sunday?

Palm Sunday is the last Sunday during Lent and starts off Holy Week.


4. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. This event is mentioned in all four of the canonical Gospels.



5. Why is Palm Sunday called Palm Sunday?

People welcoming Jesus spread palm fronds in front of Jesus as he entered Jerusalem


6. When Jesus entered Jerusalem, what animal did he ride?



7. What happens to the palms after Palm Sunday?

The Roman Catholic Church considers the palms to be sacramental. Parishioners take the palms home and place them on their crosses. They remain there throughout the year, and during the next Lenten Season they are returned to the Church to be burned for ashes on Ash Wednesday.


8. Which color are you MOST LIKELY to see used in church on Palm Sunday?



9. What do palm branches symbolize?

Palm branches symbolize peace and victory.


10. In Belgium, there is a traditional Palm Sunday procession in which representatives of the Twelve Apostles carry a wooden statue of Christ around town. In what town does this annual procession occur?



11. In what country do children perform the “virvonta” on Palm Sunday by going from door to door with branches to wish the households well?



12. To what place did Jesus go from Jericho?

To Bethany, near Jerusalem.


13. What did the crowds cry when Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday?



14. What was made for Jesus in Bethany?

A supper


15. In which country do the locals visit the Palmeral of Elche to cover palm leaves from the sun to allow them to whiten for Palm Sunday?



16. Who came to Jesus at this supper?

Mary, the sister of Lazarus.


17. What did Mary do to Jesus?

She poured costly perfume on him.


18. What did Jesus say of Mary?

“She has done a good work.”


19. Which of Jesus’ disciples agreed to sell him to his enemies?



20. What did the enemies of Jesus promise to give Judas, if he would give Jesus to them?

Thirty pieces of silver.


21. Over what mountain did Jesus ride, from Bethany to Jerusalem?

The Mount of Olives


22. Who went with Jesus as he rode over the Mount of Olives?

A great company of people.


23. What did the people carry and wave around Jesus?

Branches of palm trees


24. What did they call out together?

Praises to Jesus as king


25. What do Christians often carry on Palm Sunday?

Palm Fronds


26. When does Palm Sunday fall, each year?

6th Sunday in Lent


27. What Jewish holiday was taking place during Jesus’ triumphal Palm Sunday Parade?



28. What old testament king had palm branches carved into the temple walls?


29. Into what shape do many Sunday school children form palm leaves on Palm Sunday?



30. Name another name for Palm Sunday?

Passion Sunday


31. Who brought the donkey that Jesus ride on?

Two disciples


32. What does making a path with garments or branches signify?

It was a customary way of honoring a person


33. The palm branch symbolizes?

Goodness, well-being and victory and was symbolic of the final victory He would soon fulfill over death.


34. Who was the Roman governor during this biblical time?

Pontius Pilate


35. Today, many churches celebrate Palm Sunday with reenactments of the triumphal entry. How does the Catholic church do it?

Catholic churches often bless palm branches with holy water and then distribute them to congregants. These palm branches are then saved for us following Ash Wednesday. 


36. How does the Netherlands commemorate Palm Sunday?

Celebrants decorate crosses with candy and bread in the shape of a rooster.


37. How are the celebrations like in Poland?

Competitions for the largest or most beautiful palm branches are common.


38. What happens to palms after Palm Sunday?

The palms are burned after being used during the Palm Sunday service and the ashes are used to mark parishioner’s foreheads on the next Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent.


39. What do we reflect on Palm Sunday?

Palm Sunday is an occasion for reflection on the final week of Jesus’ life. It is a time for Christians to prepare their hearts for the agony of His Passion and the joy of His Resurrection.


40. Where is Palm Sunday found in the Bible?

The events of Palm Sunday are found in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.


41. Why Did Jesus Ride on a Donkey?

To claim publicly that he was the chosen Son of David to sit on David’s throne, the one about whom the prophets had spoken.


42. What Does “Hosanna” Mean?

Hosanna is a cry or request for salvation and deliverance, traditionally sung at Passover.


43. Palm Sunday is the fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy. Which scripture has outlined this?

Matthew 21:4-5 notes, “This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet: ‘Tell the people of Zion, ‘Look, your king is coming to you, unassuming and seated on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey,'” referring to Zechariah 9:9 in the Old Testament.


44. Palms represent immortality. True or False?

In Egypt, there was a tradition of people carrying the palm to funeral processions as it represented eternal life. The palm branch was also a symbol of spiritual triumph over death


45. Jesus and his disciples stayed in Bethany on the evening of Palm Sunday. According to the bible, Bethany is whose birth town?

Bethany is the hometown of Mary, Martha and Lazarus – the one He raised from the dead.


46.  Revelation 7:9, as recorded by John, prophesies a second triumphal entry by The Lord and Savior of the world. What does it say?

“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.”


47. The biblical account of Palm Sunday can be found in which books?

Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; and John 12:12-19.


48. It is traditional to recite the words of the townsfolk of Jerusalem, by saying?

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the lord.” during the Holy week.”


49. After Palm Sunday ends, Christians must never throw away their palm leaves and crosses. Why?

These items have received blessings so to throw them away would be bad luck.


50.  What does the red robe worn by the priest signify?

Represents the blood and sacrifice that Jesus made for all of humankind.



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