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Holy Week: Countdown to Easter

Preparations from across the globe.

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Holy Week is one of the most important weeks in the Christian calendar, one in which believers remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The week begins with Palm Sunday, marking the last Sunday of the Christian holy month of Lent and commemorating the moment when Jesus entered Jerusalem. Here, some photos of the celebrations from around the world this week. (Pictured: A young boy lights a candle in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, Israel.)

Holy Week in Zamora, Spain Octavio Passos/Getty Images Holy Week in Zamora, Spain Easter celebrations take place throughout Holy Week in the form of processions, led by various brotherhoods. Penitents hide their identities with pointed hoods known as "capirotes." Good Friday at Sacre Coeur LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images Good Friday at Sacre Coeur A woman holds a rosary during a Holy Week procession in Paris, France. Carrying of the Cross in NYC Spencer Platt/Getty Images Carrying of the Cross in NYC Worshippers walk across the Brookly Bridge during the the traditional "Way of the Cross" procession. Celebrating With Palms in Cali, Columbia Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images Celebrating With Palms in Cali, Columbia Palm branches are traditionally considered a symbol of victory. When Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, crowds of people came to greet him, throwing down fronds on the road. La Paz Brotherhood in Sevilla, Spain Cristina Quicler/AFP/Getty Images La Paz Brotherhood in Sevilla, Spain Los Gitanos Brotherhood in Malaga, Spain Daniel Perez Garcia-Santos/Getty Images Los Gitanos Brotherhood in Malaga, Spain The Cristo de Mena in Malaga, Spain Daniel Perez Garcia-Santos/Getty Images The Cristo de Mena in Malaga, Spain The traditional Christ of Mena figure — in which Jesus is nailed to the cross — was created by sculptor Pedro de Mena and is the patron of the Spanish legionnaires. Los Gitanos Brotherhood in Malaga, Spain Daniel Perez Garcia-Santos/Getty Images Los Gitanos Brotherhood in Malaga, Spain The Mantilla in Andalusia, Spain SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images The Mantilla in Andalusia, Spain Women wearing the traditional shawl or veil known as the "mantilla" before a procession in Malaga. Via Crucis in Lake Cocibolca, Nicaragua Inti Ocon/AFP/Getty Images Via Crucis in Lake Cocibolca, Nicaragua This is a variation of the traditional "Stations of the Cross" or the "Way of The Cross," referring to the journey of Christ on the day of his crucifixion. The aquatic Via Crucis is carried out on boats between the islets of Lake Cocibolca. The Talciguines in Texistepeque, El Salvador Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images The Talciguines in Texistepeque, El Salvador Faithfuls try to avoid being lashed by devils, known as Talciguines, who strike Catholic faithfuls to cleanse their sins. Costaleros in Cordoba, Spain Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images Costaleros in Cordoba, Spain The carriers of the heavy floats used in the processions are known as "costaleros." Maundy Thursday in Vatican City Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images Maundy Thursday in Vatican City Also known as Holy Thursday, Maundy Thursday is when Christians remember the Last Supper where Jesus shared bread and wine with his disciples marking the beginning of the institution of the Eucharist. Later that night, Jesus would be betrayed by Judas. Here, Pope Francis blows in an amphora containing holy oil during the Holy Chrism Mass.
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