Basankusu, DR Congo: Palm Sunday in the Rain Forest

Palm Sunday, or Passion Sunday, is a feast day in the Catholic Church. It takes place one week before Easter Sunday. Throughout the world, the mass is preceded by a procession symbolising the Triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. In Basankusu we’re lucky to have a good supply of palm trees. Mandalala, as they’re known in Lingala, are waved in imitation of Jesus’ entry into the city and Temple. Great singing and some cool moves give it a feel of celebration.

Francis Hannaway

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