This Is What Holy Week Looks Like Around The World

Christians around the world observe Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection during Holy Week.

The Christian Holy Week begins every year on Palm Sunday and culminates with Easter the following Sunday. It is a time of worship and reflection on Jesus’s journey into Jerusalem, through the Last Supper, his crucifixion and his ultimate resurrection as portrayed in the Christian gospels.

The week includes a variety of observances, from the processions with palm fronds on Palm Sunday, to the ceremony of the washing of the feet on Maundy Thursday, to the Easter Vigil.

Here is a look at some of the diverse observances for 2016 Holy Week around the world:

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Pope Francis begins the Holy Week observances in St. Peter's Square, in front of thousands of people, on March 20.
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A devotee carrying palm fronds receives the holy Communion in Quiapo, Mexico on March 20.
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Catholic devotees hold palm fronds as they pray during Palm Sunday Mass in Surabaya, Indonesia on March 20.
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A girl attends Palm Sunday celebrations at the Cathedral of Managua, Nicaragua on March 20.
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Christian nuns carry palm branches during a procession for Palm Sunday at the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem on March 20.
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A group of Catholic devotees hold their "palaspas" (palm leaves) while listening to the priest on Palm Sunday, March 20, in Tanay, Philippines.
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A Greek Orthodox Christian man holds an icon depicting Jesus Christ as he walks with Christian Melkites during a joint procession in the streets of the southern Lebanese city of Sidon on March 20.
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Syrian Christian Roman Catholic scouts parade after a mass marking Palm Sunday in the capital Damascus, on March 20.
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A penitent is holds candles during the Procession of Saint Nicholas Tolentino as part of the celebrations of Holy Week in Taxco, Mexico on March 22.
Pope Francis blesses the mother of girl with a disability during his general audience on Holy Wednesday in St Peter's square on March 23.
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip pose with Yeomen of the Guard and schoolchildren, after attending a Maundy Thursday service at St George's Chapel in Windsor, Britain March 24, 2016.
People carry a giant white cross during The Passion, a Dutch passion play, held on Maundy Thursday in Amersfoort, Netherlands on March 24, 2016.
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Pope Francis kisses the foot of a refugee during the foot-washing ritual at the Castelnuovo di Porto refugees center near Rome, Italy, March 24, 2016.
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People perform crucifixion of Jesus Christ during the Good Friday ahead of the Easter in Juba, South Sudan on March 25, 2016.
Penitents and pilgrims during the procession for the Passion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Mexico City, on March 25, 2016.
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Penitents parade on Good Friday during the Holy Week, in the Northwestern Spanish village of Bercianos de Aliste, near Zamora, on March 25, 2016.
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Pope Francis lies on the floor during the celebration of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday at St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on March 25, 2016.

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