Everything starts on PALM SUNDAY
The "palms" are actually made from various green branches or shoots (pussy willows, branches of juniper, boxwood, periwinkle, etc.). In some regions, they're decorated with apples, oranges, nuts, colored eggs, pretzels, artificial flowers, little wreaths or multi-colored ribbons.
For a long time, roughly half-a-century, celebrating a religious festivity was a pure act of rebellion in Albania. Former dictator Enver Hoxha in his attempt to create the homo-sovieticus had banned anything from Christmas to Carnivals. Any challenge to the rule and you could be drop-shipped to the gulags as priority mail.