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Holy Week observances around the world

March 29, 19:14 UTC+3

On the eve of Catholic Easter, Christians spend the week in prayers and re-enactments to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ

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Catholic clergy walk during the Washing of the Feet procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many Christians to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem
Catholic clergy walk during the Washing of the Feet procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many Christians to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem
Catholic clergy walk during the Washing of the Feet procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many Christians to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem
© AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean
Washing of the Feet procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
Washing of the Feet procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
Washing of the Feet procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
© AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean
Washing of the Feet procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
Washing of the Feet procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
Washing of the Feet procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
© AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean
Filipino flagellants whip their backs in front of a church on Maundy Thursday in San Fernando, Philippines. Many Filipino Catholic penitents mark the Holy Week by submitting to different forms of physical penance in the hopes of being forgiven for their sins
Filipino flagellants whip their backs in front of a church on Maundy Thursday in San Fernando, Philippines. Many Filipino Catholic penitents mark the Holy Week by submitting to different forms of physical penance in the hopes of being forgiven for their sins
Filipino flagellants whip their backs in front of a church on Maundy Thursday in San Fernando, Philippines. Many Filipino Catholic penitents mark the Holy Week by submitting to different forms of physical penance in the hopes of being forgiven for their sins
© EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO
Soldiers of the Spanish Legion carry the figure of the Holy Christ of the Good Death from the St. Domingo Church to the Brotherhood House as they march through the streets of Malaga, Spain
Soldiers of the Spanish Legion carry the figure of the Holy Christ of the Good Death from the St. Domingo Church to the Brotherhood House as they march through the streets of Malaga, Spain
Soldiers of the Spanish Legion carry the figure of the Holy Christ of the Good Death from the St. Domingo Church to the Brotherhood House as they march through the streets of Malaga, Spain
© EPA-EFE/CARLOS DIAZ
Spanish Civil Guards, penitents and musicians take part in the procession of the "Exaltacion de La Santa Cruz" brotherhood, during Holy Week in Zaragoza, Spain
Spanish Civil Guards, penitents and musicians take part in the procession of the "Exaltacion de La Santa Cruz" brotherhood, during Holy Week in Zaragoza, Spain
Spanish Civil Guards, penitents and musicians take part in the procession of the "Exaltacion de La Santa Cruz" brotherhood, during Holy Week in Zaragoza, Spain
© AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos
'The Holy Christ of Solace and the Most Holy Mary of Sacromonte' procession in Sacromonte Abbey in Granada, Spain
'The Holy Christ of Solace and the Most Holy Mary of Sacromonte' procession in Sacromonte Abbey in Granada, Spain
'The Holy Christ of Solace and the Most Holy Mary of Sacromonte' procession in Sacromonte Abbey in Granada, Spain
© EPA-EFE/MIGUEL ANGEL MOLINA
Parishioners participate in the annual Holy Wednesday procession, at the Basilica of Santa Teresa in Caracas, Venezuela
Parishioners participate in the annual Holy Wednesday procession, at the Basilica of Santa Teresa in Caracas, Venezuela
Parishioners participate in the annual Holy Wednesday procession, at the Basilica of Santa Teresa in Caracas, Venezuela
© EPA-EFE/CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ
A parishioner participates in the annual Holy Wednesday procession in Caracas, Venezuela
A parishioner participates in the annual Holy Wednesday procession in Caracas, Venezuela
A parishioner participates in the annual Holy Wednesday procession in Caracas, Venezuela
© EPA-EFE/CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ
Pope Francis leads the Mass of the Chrism at the Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City. During the mass the Pope blesses Chrism oil which is used for the religious sacraments during this year. The Chrism Mass is part of the Catholic church's rites during the Holy Week
Pope Francis leads the Mass of the Chrism at the Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City. During the mass the Pope blesses Chrism oil which is used for the religious sacraments during this year. The Chrism Mass is part of the Catholic church's rites during the Holy Week
Pope Francis leads the Mass of the Chrism at the Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City. During the mass the Pope blesses Chrism oil which is used for the religious sacraments during this year. The Chrism Mass is part of the Catholic church's rites during the Holy Week
© EPA-EFE/ETTORE FERRARI
Folkloric dancers perform at the traditional Easter market at the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic
Folkloric dancers perform at the traditional Easter market at the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic
Folkloric dancers perform at the traditional Easter market at the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic
© EPA-EFE/MARTIN DIVISEK
Visitors look for Easter eggs at the traditional Easter market at the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic
Visitors look for Easter eggs at the traditional Easter market at the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic
Visitors look for Easter eggs at the traditional Easter market at the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic
© EPA-EFE/MARTIN DIVISEK
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Catholic clergy walk during the Washing of the Feet procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many Christians to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem
© AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean
Washing of the Feet procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
© AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean
Washing of the Feet procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
© AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean
Filipino flagellants whip their backs in front of a church on Maundy Thursday in San Fernando, Philippines. Many Filipino Catholic penitents mark the Holy Week by submitting to different forms of physical penance in the hopes of being forgiven for their sins
© EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO
Soldiers of the Spanish Legion carry the figure of the Holy Christ of the Good Death from the St. Domingo Church to the Brotherhood House as they march through the streets of Malaga, Spain
© EPA-EFE/CARLOS DIAZ
Spanish Civil Guards, penitents and musicians take part in the procession of the "Exaltacion de La Santa Cruz" brotherhood, during Holy Week in Zaragoza, Spain
© AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos
'The Holy Christ of Solace and the Most Holy Mary of Sacromonte' procession in Sacromonte Abbey in Granada, Spain
© EPA-EFE/MIGUEL ANGEL MOLINA
Parishioners participate in the annual Holy Wednesday procession, at the Basilica of Santa Teresa in Caracas, Venezuela
© EPA-EFE/CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ
A parishioner participates in the annual Holy Wednesday procession in Caracas, Venezuela
© EPA-EFE/CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ
Pope Francis leads the Mass of the Chrism at the Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City. During the mass the Pope blesses Chrism oil which is used for the religious sacraments during this year. The Chrism Mass is part of the Catholic church's rites during the Holy Week
© EPA-EFE/ETTORE FERRARI
Folkloric dancers perform at the traditional Easter market at the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic
© EPA-EFE/MARTIN DIVISEK
Visitors look for Easter eggs at the traditional Easter market at the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic
© EPA-EFE/MARTIN DIVISEK

On the eve of Catholic Easter, Christians spend the week in prayers and re-enactments to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ. See the Holy Week observances around the world

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