"My mother from Latvia, was just telling me about how they used pussy willows to bless the children on Palm Sunday to keep them from illness. They would touch them with the branches and say this blessing (poem)..." –Susie

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Palm Sunday is called Pūpolsvētdiena in Latvia. It translates to Pussy Willow Sunday. Since palms are hard to find in Latvia, pussy willows became important.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Thanks to Susie Sneed for pointing out this rhyme to us!