Good Friday is a sombre holiday. Here is how people across the world commemorate this day:
Berumuda – Good Friday is celebrated by flying kites which are meant to symbolize Christ’s ascension to heaven and eating a feast of codfish cakes and hot cross buns.
El Salvador – Buckets of dried sawdust are converted into colourful scenes called alfombras (“carpets”), which depict the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. It is followed by a procession mimicking that of Jesus’ funeral.
London – Trafalgar Square in London holds a 90-minute annual passion play depicting the crucification of Jesus, open to public and completely free of charge.
Germany – In Bensheim, Germany families from the local Italian community put on a re-enactment of the betrayal, sentencing, scourging, and death of Jesus in a theatrical and elaborate procession.
Ireland – Until very recently, a 90 year long tradition was upheld – all pubs were ordered to be closed on Good Friday in observance of this sombre holiday. Even now, a year after the ban was lifted, some pub owners still keep their doors shut to honour this day.
Jerusalem – Christians in Israel honour their savior by walking the very same path he did on that fateful day. Many also try to ritually bear the same weight Jesus did by carrying crosses on their backs.
Malta – All of Holy Week is a major holiday in Malta. On Good Friday, processions take place in towns and villages all around the country with the story of Good Friday and Easter being preached.
Mexico – In Iztapalapa, Mexico, One man, chosen for his character and strength plays the role of Jesus. He wears a crown of thorns and is flogged in the streets, all while carrying a 200-pound cross.
Philippines – Pampanga in Philippines sees a lot of men volunteer to wear a crown of thorns and be tied to the cross. However, between three and 12 men are literally nailed to a cross every year to recreate the crucifixion of Jesus. The volunteers remain on the cross until they feel cleansed of sin.
Spain – The most intense procession in San Vicente de la Sonsierra in which disciplinants choose to self-flagellate as an act of faith.
Rome: On Good Friday, the Pope recites the Way of the Cross outside the Colosseum for Catholics from all across the world. A massive cross with torches burns in the sky and believers hold their own candles as the 14 Stations of the Cross, which depict Jesus’ path from sentencing through crucifixion to entombment, are read.