This Sunday, April 10th, is Palm Sunday. “The wind of the branches is the prevailing wind of the year and especially of summer,” as the old saying goes. If you believe this weather saying, what will the weather look like in the next few months? Analysis by The Weather Channel.
Palm Sunday 2022 occurs on Sunday April 10th, the Sunday before Easter Sunday, while in 2021 it was March 28th. Its date is therefore very variable.
This Sunday the wind is blowing across France from east to south-east. Dry weather everywhere, but mornings will be very cool, with some frost in the east. In the afternoon, temperatures alternate with only 11 to 13°C north of the Seine, while south of the Garonne it becomes mild with 20 to 23°C.
What do the season forecasts say?
The global meteorological configuration for Sunday would be for high pressure to persist over Germany, while low pressure would be positioned over the Atlantic off Portugal. This situation favors the development of a south-easterly wind which could indicate a stormy tendency over the regions of the south-west half and drier conditions in the north. This result is also in good agreement with our seasonal forecasts, the first trends of which point to a hot and possibly stormy summer, due to long-term predicted anticyclones over continental Europe and depressions towards the Iberian Peninsula.
Although Palm Sunday, like Easter, is a variable date, it is interesting to note that this saying is almost 70% true worldwide.
The weather forecasts for Palm Sunday
“The wind that blows over the palm trees won’t change anytime soon” is one of the most popular weather sayings. So by conviction the wind that blows on the Sunday before Easter will be the prevailing wind of the year.
There are several variants of this famous saying, all linked to the same meaning:
– “The wind on Palm Sunday blesses. The whole year blows and follows”.
– “Wind that beats the palm trees beats nine months of the year”
– “The wind that blew during the Palm Sunday service becomes the wind of the year: it is the rooster of the church tower that decided”
– “The wind that blows on Palm Sunday blows all year round”.
The Origins of Palm Sunday
According to liturgical scriptures, Palm Sunday celebrates the triumphant arrival of Jesus Christ as Messiah in the Holy Land. Many people, having heard of the latter’s sermons and miracles, gather at the entrance of Jerusalem to welcome him. As Jesus arrives on the back of a donkey, a sign of humility, the crowd waves palm branches as he passes while covering his path with cloaks.
Palm Sunday also marks Christians’ entry into Holy Week and the Passion of the Christ, the last week of Jesus’ lifetime. It ends with Easter Sunday, the day on which the resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated.
What does the word “twigs” mean?
In Jewish tradition, the palm branch (like the term “hosanna”) refers to the Jewish harvest festival. In Christianity, too, it is a cry of joy and welcome: Jesus was received with this word in Jerusalem. After all, the branch symbolizes prosperity and victory.
Mass on Palm Sunday
The Palm Sunday celebration begins in front of the church. Christians are asked to bring branches or a palm branch to be blessed by the priest. After the conclusion of this procession, the celebration continues in the church. At the end of the ceremony, the Christians hang the branches on the crucifixes of their homes. They keep them until Ash Wednesday of the following year, when they can burn them. This date marks the entry of Christianity into Lent.