#United_On_PalmSunday: Tragedy Strikes Tanta

Wooden Cross on palm leafs are a Palm Sunday tradition. Via ThoughtCo
Wooden Cross on palm leafs are a Palm Sunday tradition. Via ThoughtCo


We all know what Easter Sunday is, but what about Palm Sunday? Before Christians celebrate Easter, they remember the fact that Jesus was crucified, died and was buried.


Palm Sunday marks the day Jesus arrived in Jerusalem on a donkey, just a few days before he was betrayed by his friend Judas Iscariot and was sentenced to death by crucifixion. It’s called Palm Sunday because the people of Jerusalem threw palm leaves to the floor as a way of greeting Jesus when he arrived.


A picture from Tanta’s Coptic Church of Saint George incident that was taken by Twitter user Adel El-Adawy


Today, Christians in the city of Tanta flocked towards the Coptic Church of Saint Geroge to celebrate Palm Sunday when tragic struck in the form of a bomb that killed at least 21 people, and left 40 injured; and still counting.


According to a research by Michael Izady, 10.2% of Egypt’s population of 85 million are registered Christians. Christians and Muslims have largely coexisted peacefully in Egypt for centuries.


A scene from last year’s bombing of Saint Mark’s Cathedral, which is Egypt’s main Orthodox Church in Cairo’s Abbasiya. Via Reuters


This is the second church bombing to strike Egypt in six months. Last year, 25 people were killed and 31 were wounded in an explosion that targeted Abbasiya’s Cathedral of Saint Mark.


Ahmed Abu Zeid, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, has tweeted: “Terrorism hits Egypt again, this time on Palm Sunday. Another obnoxious but failed attempt against all Egyptians.” He also added the hashtag #United_On_PalmSunday.


Last month, Pope Francis has announced that he was scheduled to visit Egypt at the end of April. We hope this tragic incident doesn’t affect this iconic visit.



WE SAID THIS: Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the fallen victims.