Holy Week procession of María Santísima del Sacromonte in Granada, Spain. This statue is known as Virgen de los Gitanos or La Virgen de los Gitanos.


During Holy Week, Christians remember the events that led to Jesus' death by crucifixion and, according to their faith, to his resurrection. The week includes five days of special significance. The first is Palm Sunday, which commemorates Jesus' humble entry (on a donkey) into Jerusalem to observe the Passover. According to the gospel account, he was greeted by crowds of people who spread their cloaks and laid palm leaves in his path and proclaimed him the Son of David (Matthew 21:5). In many Christian churches Palm Sunday is celebrated with a blessing and procession of palms. Maundy Thursday marks Jesus' institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper, henceforth a central element of Christian worship. In Roman Catholicism, Maundy Thursday is accompanied by the Pope washing the feet of 12 humble or poor people, in imitation of Jesus washing the feet of his 12 disciples at the Last Supper. Good Friday commemorates the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross; it is traditionally a day of sorrow, penance and fasting. Holy Saturday, also called Easter Vigil, is the traditional end of Lent. Easter Sunday is the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus, according to the Gospels, on the third day after his crucifixion. The modern celebration of Easter, like that of Christmas, has become associated with various folk traditions that have little connection to the religious celebration; they include the Easter lamb, the Easter bunny and the painting of Easter eggs.

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