Friday, April 6, 2012

Holy Week celebrations

People sit in a beer garden next to a giant Easter egg in the Britzer Garten amusement park on Good Friday in Berlin April 6, 2012.

The statue of the Santisimo Cristo del Salvador, covered to protect it from the rain, is carried during a procession to pray for those who died in the sea, on a beach in Valencia April 6, 2012. Hundreds of Easter processions take place round-the-clock during the Holy Week in Spain which draws thousands of visitors.

Penitents carry crosses during a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Iztapalapa in Mexico City April 6, 2012.

A penitent wearing a mask made of plastic straws joins others with costumes depicting Roman Centurions during a Lenten annual ritual in the town of Mogpog on Marinduque island April 4, 2012. The penitence, locally known as "Moriones", is an annual ritual in the predominantly Roman Catholic country for residents to remember the suffering of Jesus Christ during Lent.

Penitents wearing masks and colourful costumes that depict Roman Centurions take part in a Lenten annual ritual in the town of Mogpog on Marinduque island April 4, 2012. The penitence, locally known as "Moriones", is an annual ritual in the predominantly Roman Catholic country for residents to remember the suffering of Jesus Christ during Lent.

Hooded barefoot penitents perform self-flagellation to atone for their sins in San Fernando, Pampanga in northern Philippines April 5, 2012. Filipinos observe lent in predominant Roman Catholic Philippines, performing different kinds of penitence to atone for their sins that culminates on Good Friday, re-enacting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in some parts of the country.

Spanish legionnaires carry a statue of the Christ of Mena inside a church during a ceremony before they take part in Mena brotherhood procession during the Holy Week in Malaga, southern Spain, April 5, 2012. Hundreds of Easter processions take place round-the-clock during the Holy Week in Spain, drawing thousands of visitors.

YORK, ENGLAND - APRIL 05: Archbishop of York John Sentamu, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Beatrice pose on the steps of York Minster after a Maundy Thursday Service at on April 5, 2012 in York, England. Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Beatrice are visiting York today as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Activists of the Urban Poor Associates NGO wear masks depicting Jesus Christ as they pray outside the World Bank office in Pasig City Metro Manila April 3, 2012. The housing advocacy group staged the Way of the Cross during Holy Week calling on different agencies and government offices to end evictions, homelessness, hunger, injustice, joblessness, lack of dignity and powerlessness, according to their press

Manuel Revillon, 46, puts finishing touches on an image of Jesus Christ, near a statue of Christ, along a main street of Makati city, metro Manila April 3, 2012 in preparation for Holy Week. Revillon and his friends made the 10-foot image of Jesus Christ from paper, sacks and tree branches.

A member of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) carries a cross to mark the Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ during the Stations of the Cross procession at the PCG compound in Manila April 4, 2012. The Stations of the Cross is part of Holy Week celebrations which are observed throughout the Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country.

People throw flowers during the Palm Sunday procession of the "Estudiantes" brotherhood at the start of Holy Week in Oviedo, northern Spain April 1, 2012. Hundreds of Easter processions take place around the clock in Spain during Holy Week, drawing thousands of visitors.

The crown of thorns is seen on the head of the statue of the Christ of Mena in a chapel before the first change of honor guard by Spanish legionnaires on Palm Sunday during Holy Week in Malaga, southern Spain, April 1, 2012. Hundreds of processions take place around the clock in Spain during Holy Week, drawing thousands of visitors.

People watch the Virgin of the Salud brotherhood during a Palm Sunday procession along the Aurora bridge at the start of Holy Week in Malaga, southern Spain, April 1, 2012. Hundreds of processions take place around the clock in Spain during Holy Week, drawing thousands of visitors. 

French Archbishop of Paris Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois (C) carries a cross in the gardens of Montmartre's Sacre Coeur Basilica during the annual Good Friday "Stations of the Cross" procession in Paris April 6, 2012. Several thousands of people participated in the uphill procession celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Members of the Italian Catholic community take part in a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Bensheim, southwest of Frankfurt, April 6, 2012. Thousands of spectators watched the yearly Passion Play performed by about 100 laity actors.

An altar boy carries a wooden cross during a walk up a hill with worshippers during a Good Friday procession in Comoro, Dili April 6, 2012.

Worshippers stand around a seven-metre statue of Jesus Christ made of zinc plate lying on a bamboo cross during a Good Friday procession in the village of Kebonarum in Klaten, Central Java April 6, 2012.

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