Palm Sunday Around The World
In Russia, donkey walk processions once took place in different cities, but most importantly in Novgorod and in Moscow. It was prominently featured in testimonies by foreign witnesses and mentioned in contemporary Western maps of the city. The Patriarch of Moscow, representing Christ, rode on a "donkey" (actually a horse draped in white cloth). The Czar of Russia humbly led the procession on foot. Originally, Moscow processions began inside the Kremlin and terminated at Trinity Church, now known as Saint Basil's Cathedral. Czar Peter I, however, terminated the custom.