The Orthodox celebrate this day with joy, but with the realization that very sad events are soon to come. Orthodox peoples who live in areas without palms, including the [[Church of Russia|Russian Orthodox]], use pussy willow branches rather than palms in the celebration of this event.
Some churches give small crosses made of palms at the end of the service and are then kept in the home icon corner.
Fasting is modified because of the triumphant nature of Palm Sunday, and fish is permitted. Fried cod with garlic sauce and fried vegetables is a traditional dish, but any fish may be served.
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