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Today is Palm Sunday. To the church with palm trees, we will do some shopping in the shops

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Today in the Catholic Church, Palm Sunday is celebrated, which opens Holy Week – the time immediately preceding Easter. During the liturgy, the solemn entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, preceding his passion and death on the cross, is remembered. On the last Sunday before Easter, the shops will be open, it is one of seven commercial Sundays a year.

Palm Sunday is one of the oldest holidays in the tradition of the Church, known as early as the 4th century. According to tradition, on this day the faithful bring palms to churches to be blessed, symbolizing not only the martyrdom of Christ, but also the rebirth of life. The faithful keep the consecrated palms throughout the year, so that they can be burnt to ashes the following year, which are sprinkled on the heads on Ash Wednesday.

The second key moment in the Palm Sunday liturgy is the reading of the Passion of the Lord according to one of the three evangelists: Matthew, Mark or Luke (the Passion of the Lord according to St. John is read during the Good Friday liturgy). In this way the Church emphasizes that Christ’s triumph and his sacrifice are inseparable.


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Palm Sunday, but also commercial

On Sunday, April 2, the shops are open. It is the trading Sunday before Easter. The next trading Sunday falls on April 30, 2023. The act gradually introducing a Sunday trading ban entered into force on March 1, 2018. From 2020, the trading ban does not apply only on seven Sundays a year: the last Sundays of January, April, June and August, and also on the Sunday before Easter and on the two following Sundays before Christmas. The next Sunday without a trade ban falls on April 30. The Act restricting trade on Sundays provides for a catalog of 32 exclusions. The prohibition does not include postal activity, if the revenues from this activity constitute at least 40% of sales revenue of the facility. Moreover, it does not apply to pastry shops, ice-cream shops, liquid fuel stations, flower shops, newspaper shops and cafes. For breaking the trade ban on Sundays, the penalty is from PLN 1,000 to PLN 100,000. PLN penalty, and in the case of persistent violation of the provisions – the penalty of restriction of liberty.

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