In much of the English-speaking Christian world, today is known as Palm Sunday.  Here it is known as Domingo de Ramos (Branch Sunday).  It is supposed to celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem when palm branches were laid in the road ahead of the beast (variously described as a mule, an ass or a donkey) on which he was riding.  Here, this year, for the first time (since we’ve been here) we have a procession from the church of San Anton, via the Ermita de Jesús to the parish church of San Pedro.  Somebody has even organised a purchase of palm fronds whereas they normally use olive branches in place of palms, however they are not for laying in the road.  We now have our ramo for guarding the house against ill-fortune for another year.

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