It took years till I became accustomed to observing Palm Sunday on a Friday. That is because UAE’s Friday is tantamount to the most Asian countries’ normal Sunday, being the sort of church/ prayer day. It’s good that Good Friday & Easter Sunday kept their timings. It is crazy to think that Easter Sunday will fall on a Friday, Good Friday on a different day.
Given the challenge of managing the psychology of timings by keeping it real since it is the thought that counts, on the other hand, I like the simplicity of the Palm Sunday celebration and the relevant paraphernalias in the UAE. For the past years, we assembled it on our own. To the extent that it was actually just a single strand of leaf, no flowers, no ribbons, but rich in spirit. Until yesterday. However, for a moment, I don’t feel proud that I was amongst those who had the ‘more fancy’ leaves; but it makes me smile when I remember how the additional sold item cheered ‘Lola’ (elderly Filipina, in referrence to a grandma).
It takes a while to find a balance between commercialism and keeping it simple, between standard timing and flexibility; of course, it should be fine to deviate once in a while.
PS. I hope that my attempt to do mobile blogging will improve my atendance in the blogosphere. We will see.