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Opinion - March 22, 2013

The week ahead

Sunday, known as Palm Sunday by many churches, marks the start of a week of spiritual significance in both the Christian and Jewish faiths as well as a time of school holidays, Easter bunnies, egg rolls and family gatherings by almost everyone. With 26 churches and Jewish congregations in Pleasanton, and with thousands who live here also attending religious services in other Tri-Valley cities, the coming week leading to Easter Sunday on March 31 and the eight-day observance of Passover that starts at sundown Monday are times of joy for many people and on many levels. For Christians, Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. Christian churches distribute palms to commemorate Jesus Christ's entrance into Jerusalem when palm branches were placed in his path, before his arrest and crucifixion on Good Friday, the day on which Christians commemorate his death on the cross. Easter celebrates his resurrection and is the second most important date on the Christian calendar, Christmas being the first.

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