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Today is good Friday or Holy Friday, On Good Friday, Christians remember the day when Jesus was crucified on a cross. How was that a good Friday? Idk, either way, people worldwide are having their usual rituals. The Filipinos crucify themselves, the Italians have re-creations of the Stations of the Cross, in Jerusalem, Rome and Mumbai, believers are shouldering heavy wooden crosses in miles-long parades. The Vatican asks its followers to try to feel the suffering of Jesus, his mother and his followers because of what they believe happened on this day 1,977 years ago. Peep how in Ireland, it’s illegal to sell alcohol on Good Friday, the one day an Irishman isn‘t allowed to drink. And in Britain, there’s no horse racing. In Germany, comedic theater performances and other events involving public dancing are banned, though the rule is rarely enforced. Even in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country, Good Friday is a national holiday and schools are closed. Nonetheless cultures worldwide celebrate in their own unique ways, so check out some worldwide rituals.

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Spanish legionnaires carry a statue of the Christ of Mena during Holy Week in Malaga, southern Spain

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One flagellant being hit using a wooden whip in front of a church in Pampanga, north of Manila on Maundy Thursday. As a predominantly Catholic province, Pampanga displays extreme religious devotion during Holy Week

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A child burns incense during the procession of Jesus Nazareno del Rescate in Guatemala City

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A Christian pilgrim immerses himself in the River Jordan at the site known as Qasr el-Yahud near Jericho, where it is believed John the Baptist baptised Jesus Christ

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Worshippers take part in a procession in Riobamba, Ecuador

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Penitents before a procession in Bilbao

(Props To The Timesonline for the pics)

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