Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion, Easter has been observed as the principal festivity of the Church since the very beginning of Christianity. The liturgical festivities last 50 days and are brought to a close with the celebration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles.
GOOD FRIDAY PROCESSIONS
The narrative of the passion and crucifixion of Our Lord comprises an unparalleled inspiration to spirituality, which has, in turn, been distilled in a host of pious traditions. Chief amongst these are the evoking Good Friday parades with the participation of hundreds of devotees.
Undoubtedly the kingpin of the Christian faith and the most spiritually intense time of the Liturgical cycle, the Holy Week is an intertwine of pious devotions, poignant manifestations, artistry and outstanding rejoicing.
Ash Wednesday triggers 40 days of spiritual preparation in anticipation of the solemn commemoration of the passion, death and resurrection of Our Lord. Pious manifestations and devotions take the centre stage while the tone of the Liturgy gets markedly sober.
Dominated by gigantic, colourful and mechanical floats, Carnival is characterised by masked balls, fancy costumes, grotesque masks, marching bands and large joyful crowds. Being the last occasion of indulgence before 6 long weeks of fastening it also abounds in rich food and delicacies.