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Holy Week Celebrations In Latin America And Spain (SLIDESHOW)

Posted: 04/ 8/2012 11:00 am

For Christians Holy Week is the week which precedes the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday. The week starts on On Palm Sunday, when devotees celebrate Christ's triumphant entrance into Jerusalem.

Christians around the world celebrate Holy Week to commemorate the Passion of Christ, through prayers and processions. Some followers perform religious penance as a form of worship and supplication.

In honor of Easter Sunday we've decided to highlight some of the most unexpected Holy Week celebration in Latin America and Spain. From dances honoring death to firecracker explosions in the name of Christ, here are some of the most unconventional Holy Week celebrations:

'Nazarenos' in Seville, Spain
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Holy Week in Seville is one of the most important traditional events of the city and one of the better known religious events within Spain.

At the heart of Semana Santa are the organized public performance of religious observance related to the Passion and death of Jesus Christ. During holy week 'Cofradías' (brotherhoods) process in penitence through the streets of the city, from their church to the Cathedral for a sacred ritual and back.

Within the brotherhood, 'costaleros' carry the religious statues on their shoulders. For the 'costaleros' who carry the float it's a once in a lifetime honor to do. On average there are 40 'costaleros' per float.

The float is followed by 'nazarenos' (penitents) who are dressed in floor-length robes. They wear distinctive pointed hoods, sometimes walk barefoot and hold long wax candles, marching in silence.





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