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Today is Palm Sunday. 5 April 2020.
The occasion recalls the Entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of the first Holy Week in the Christian tradition. This year services commemorating the Entry have been curtailed as a result of the Covid-19 Coronavirus.
The virus has taken its toll with many succumbing to its deadly onslaught.
Their personal Passion...
My dad was born on a Palm Sunday.
It was 5 April 1925.
As first born in his family it was no doubt a celebration. A Hallelujah!
It always amused him that his own father would on the occasion of Palm Sunday each year wish him a Happy Birthday. My grandad, we called him Granda Christy, never seemed to realise that Palm Sunday just like Easter is an ecclesiastical and therefore a variable date. Some still don't get this as calls continue to be made for Easter to have a fixed calendar date. Commercially driven no doubt.
But maybe in that bygone age it was perhaps more appropriate, congruent with belief, to remember the religious occasion rather than the actual date of a birthday, however special.
Today though, on this date 95 years later, the wishes would have been appropriate.
And my father would have appreciated the sentiment.
Happy birthday dad.