The Saturday preceding Palm Sunday is usually called Lazareva. The history of these two holidays dates back to the time of Jesus Christ's life on earth. The Gospel says that the righteous Lazarus was resurrected by the Lord on Saturday, after which his followers believed in the truth of miracles.
The very next day Jesus entered the walls of Jerusalem, which was the beginning of the Palm Sunday celebration.
The holiday has no specific date. Orthodox Christians celebrate it on the sixth week of Great Lent. This year it falls on April 24th. A festive day should be spent in a calm, quiet atmosphere, but with spiritual grace. Preparation for Lazarev's Day must be read in advance.
During his lifetime, Jesus Christ had a close friend named Lazarus. Suddenly he was seized by the strongest ailment, which led to death. Having learned about the illness of a friend, Christ went to him, but did not make it in time. Once in his house, he met only the grief-stricken sisters of Lazarus, Mary and Martha. The body of the deceased, according to the customs of that time, was transferred to a cave, the entrance to which was littered with a huge stone. Having learned this, the Savior hurried to the cave to say goodbye to the person dear to his heart and pray for him.
The prayers were so powerful that Lazarus was resurrected. So, Christ once again was able to demonstrate to the people the power given to him from above. It was quite difficult for the relatives of the deceased to believe in a miracle, but the news of the resurrection quickly spread throughout the area. The next day, Jesus, entering the gates of Jerusalem, was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd, praising him for what he had done.
Since the celebration of Lazarev's Day is directly related to the celebration of Palm Sunday, this day is associated with a number of traditions:
Orthodox holidays are usually celebrated not only in Russia, but also in other Orthodox countries. Each of them has its own characteristics of the celebration of Lazarev's Day:
It is customary to cover the palm branches not only in Russia, the Serbs also adhere to the same tradition.