Palm crosses are used to celebrate Christ's triumphant entrance into Jerusalem.
These palm crosses are made in Masasi, a very poor area of Southern
Tanzania. Plaiting the crosses gives very poor people a chance to earn
Palm Sunday is the last Sunday before Easter and signifies the start of
Holy Week in the Church calendar. Churches all over the world hand out
palm crosses as they remember the story of Jesus’ triumphant entry into
Jerusalem. As the story of Jesus travelling on a donkey into Jerusalem
is recalled, the use of the palm cross is a symbol of the palm branches
laid across the road by the gathered crowd.
By buying African palm crosses you will be giving extra work to people whose only other source of income is the sale of cashew nuts. Any money they earn from palm crosses is used for vital household necessities - clothes for the parents and their children, salt, soap and medical treatment.
Each cross measures approximately 26cm x 11cm.