Photo gallery: Philippines’ Palm Sunday observance

This year’s Palm Sunday celebration the Philippines was unique due to measures aimed at suppressing the spread of the new coronavirus.

Instead of the traditional early morning gathering to recall the triumphant entry of Jesus to Jerusalem, people lined up in the streets of villages for a drive-by blessing of palms by priests on pick-up trucks. See a collection of images below of what occurred.

The country’s church leaders have earlier urged the faithful to stay home during the Holy Week and follow church activities online or on television.

The Philippine government has implemented a 30-day “enhanced community quarantine,” which is set to end on Easter Sunday, to contain the spread of the new coronavirus disease.

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