In images, Holy Week around the world


New York, New York

The annual Good Friday Way of the Cross procession attracts hundreds of participants for a processional across the Brooklyn Bridge and through lower Manhattan.

Trafalgar Square, London

Crowds gather every year in Trafalgar Square to watch a performance of the Easter story played out on Good Friday.

The performances draw crowds of nearly 20,000 spectators to watch the reenactment of Jesus' final days, from his arrest to his Resurrection, including his betrayal by Judas and his trial before Pontius Pilate. Can't make it to Trafalgar Square? Tune in to Facebook Live!

Andean city of Huancayo, Peru

Come Holy Saturday the streets come alive with the joyous anticipation of Easter Sunday. Common celebrations include street parades and folk dancers in festive attire. Markets are busy selling food and local crafts. And at the end of the day, fireworks!

Goias, Brazil

During the Torch Procession (Fogaréu) in Goias, hooded Catholic faithful representing Roman soldiers, known as "Farricocos," carry flaming torches. The ceremony is a re-enactment of the arrest of Jesus Christ. The costumes are of medieval origin, and were used by penitents so they could atone for their sins without having to reveal their identity in public.

Manila, Philippines

Palm Sunday marks the sixth and last Sunday of the Christian season of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. Worshipers bring ornately woven palm fronds, or palaspás, to church for blessing by the priest before or after the day’s Mass.


Laguna, Canary Islands

Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, commemorates the entry into Jerusalem of Jesus Christ.

During the procession in Laguna, participants carry palms in imitation of the crowds who placed palms upon the ground as Jesus made his entrance, and a hymn is typically sung. Often it is “All Glory, Laud and Honor."

Mexico City, Mexico

Neighborhood processions called Via Crucis — the Way of the Cross —  take place annually as part of Holy Week celebrations.

Malaga, Spain

During Holy Week, dozens of processions take place in the streets of Málaga, most likely featuring hooded or masked penitentes ("The Penitents"). Realistic wooden sculptures and images of the Virgin Mary are displayed to represent the Passion of Christ.

Ethiopian Christians in Jerusalem

Ethiopian Christian pilgrims hold candles during an Ethiopian Orthodox ceremony of the “Holy Fire,” held on the roof of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City. Orthodox tradition holds that the Holy Fire happens annually on the day preceding Orthodox Pascha (Orthodox Easter), in which a blue light emanates within Jesus Christ’s tomb.

Amritsar, India

In India, Passion plays -- dramatic presentations depicting the suffering and death of Jesus Christ -- are an integral part of Good Friday celebrations for Catholics. Devotees carry wooden crosses during commemoration of the crucifixion.

Popayán, Colombia

Known as the "Jerusalem of the Americas," Popayán holds some of the most famous Holy Week celebrations in the country. For more than 450 years, Popayans have explored the celebration of the Passion of Christ by having daily processions all over the town without any interruption from Good Friday to the night of Easter Saturday.