Penitents in an Easter procession during the Holy Week in Antigua, Guatemala (Dreamstime)
List Words : Wanderlust team | 30 March

7 colourful, solemn and frankly intimidating Easter processions around the world

See how Christians around the world mark Holy Week with a variety of traditional processions recognising the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and celebrating his resurrection.

1: Zamora, Spain

Hooded figures, off to take part in the Good Friday procession in Bercianos de Aliste, Zamora, Spain (Dreamstime)

Hooded figures, off to take part in the Good Friday procession in Bercianos de Aliste, Zamora, Spain (Dreamstime)

2: Antipolp City, Rizal, Philippines

Locals take part in the reenactment of the Passion of Christ, held on Good Friday as part of celebration of the Holy Week in the Philippines. (Dreamstime)

Locals take part in the reenactment of the Passion of Christ, held on Good Friday as part of celebration of the Holy Week in the Philippines. (Dreamstime)

3: Jerusalem, Israel

Christian pilgrims take part in the Palm Sunday procession in Jerusalem. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the Holy Week and Jesus Christ's entrance into Jerusalem. (Dreamstime)

Christian pilgrims take part in the Palm Sunday procession in Jerusalem. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the Holy Week and Jesus Christ's entrance into Jerusalem. (Dreamstime)

4: Madrid, Spain

Robed priests leading the Procession of Jesus of Nazareth The Poor, through the streets of Madrid as part of the city’s festivities for Easter Holy Week. (Dreamstime)

Robed priests leading the Procession of Jesus of Nazareth The Poor, through the streets of Madrid as part of the city’s festivities for Easter Holy Week. (Dreamstime)

5: Krakow, Poland

Priests leading the celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) , also known as Corpus Domini, a Latin Rite celebrating belief in the body and blood of Jesus Christ. (Dreamstime)

Priests leading the celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) , also known as Corpus Domini, a Latin Rite celebrating belief in the body and blood of Jesus Christ. (Dreamstime)

6: Antigua, Guatemala

Penitents carrying a float with the image of Jesus Christ in an Easter procession at night during the Holy Week in Antigua, Guatemala (Dreamstime)

Penitents carrying a float with the image of Jesus Christ in an Easter procession at night during the Holy Week in Antigua, Guatemala (Dreamstime)

7: Oaxaca, Mexico

The Procession of Silence in Oxaca, Mexico. Starting at sunset on Good Friday, penitents re-enact the trial, crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus (Dreamstime)

The Procession of Silence in Oxaca, Mexico. Starting at sunset on Good Friday, penitents re-enact the trial, crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus (Dreamstime)