Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Palm Sunday!

In Jordan, the Catholic and Orthodox churches decided long ago to celebrate Christmas and Easter together, which means celebrating Christmas according to the Gregorian calendar and celebrating Easter according to the Julian calendar

We celebrated Palm Sunday at Our Lady of Peace Church. The Lady of Peace Centre is dedicated to serving people with disabilities and raising awareness about the rights of people with disabilities. The Centre provides educational and counselling services for  mentally retarded persons, physiotherapy and occupational therapy for those physically disabled and early intervention unit for severe cases and autism. The centre also hosts youth retreats and pastoral programmes

Shareef carrying an olive tree branch before we start our procession, which represents the palm branches the crowd scattered in front of Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem

Palm Sunday Lunch at Grand Hyatt Amman

Our festive lunch was made all the more special thanks to the warm welcome we received from Executive Chef Thomas Brosnan, shown here carrying Shareef, and Pastry Chef Norbert Stanni, joined by his wife Ana and their adorable children Ana Maria and William, and Oliver, Omar and I are on the far right
This chocolate egg was a big hit with the adults and kids in our group!
The kids enjoyed painting on these egg and bunny cutouts

No need for a caption here...these photos of Shareef say it all!

We started out with beautiful indoor music and ended with sunshine and the kids, of course, more energized than before...but then again, isn't this what we expect of our Easter bunnies?!   

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