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April 9, 2012

Easter and Holy Week

Christians commemorated the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Sunday, a holiday that marks the end of Holy Week and the end of Lent. Observances around the world bring a diversity of traditions as varied as the countries celebrating. Eastern Orthodox Christians will observe Easter on April 15. Gathered here are images of Christians during Holy Week and Easter, including reenactments of the Crucifixion, pilgrimages, baptisms, sunrise services, and more. -- Lane Turner (37 photos total)

A girl wears an angel costume during Blood of Christ celebrations at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Managua on March 30, 2012. (Esteban Felix/Associated Press)

A man participates in a reenactment of the Passion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday during Holy Week celebrations in the Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro on April 6, 2012. (Felipe Dana/Associated Press) #

Catholic clergy walk holding candles during the Holy Thursday procession of the Washing of the Feet inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed to be the burial site of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem's Old City on April 5, 2012. (Bernat Armangue/Associated Press) #

Penitents from 'Jesus Yacente' brotherhood take part in a procession in Zamora, Spain on April 6, 2012. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Associated Press) #

Relatives undress Feliciano Isaac after walking the way of the cross or 'Via Crucis' at the end of the procession of the 'Empalaos' on April 6, 2012 in Valverde de la Vera, Spain. Empalaos make the steps of the 'Via Crucis', marking the Stations of the Cross, during the night of Maundy Thursday while bound by rope to a crucifix as an act of penance and to honor a promise made to the Empalaos Brotherhood and the Christ of Vera Cruz, in the town of Valverde de la Vera. (David Ramos/Getty Images) #

A devotee enacts the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ to mark Good Friday in Gauhati, India on April 6, 2012. (Anupam Nath/Associated Press) #

People participate in a Gaga ceremony at the batey Mata Mamon, on the outskirts of Santo Domingo, on April 6, 2012. The Gaga ritual is a combination of Santeria, Voodoo and Christianity, held during Lent and Holy Week in the areas near sugar cane plantations. (Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images) #

Workers remove colored dust after its design was wiped away by a Holy Week procession on Good Friday in Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala, on April 6, 2012. (Moises Castillo/Associated Press) #

Ignacio Fajardo sings to Jesus Christ during a procession in Jerez, Spain on April 4, 2012. (Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press) #

David Rothschiller carries a cross while walking in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles on Holy Wednesday, April 4, 2012. Rothschiller said he was "promoting the love of Jesus". (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images) #

Members of the Spanish Legion carry a statue of the Christ of the Good Death to the Santo Domingo de Guzman Church during a Holy Week procession on April 5, 2012 in Malaga, Spain. (Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images) #

Actors prepare to perform the Via Crucis on April 5, 2012 in the Tzintzuntzan community in Michocan, Mexico. The actors are called "Espias" (spies), and ride around the community searching for Christ. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images) #

Red Cross volunteers heal the injures in the feet of devout pilgrims of the Virgin of Copacabana after a walk of 140 km from La Paz to the virgin's sanctuary in the Titicaca Lake, Bolivia on April 5, 2012. (Aizar Raldes/AFP/Getty Images) #

Worshippers carry a large wooden cross along the Via Dolorosa as they enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during the Good Friday procession in Jerusalem's old city on April 6, 2012. (Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images) #

Penitents from the Cristo de la Buena Muerte brotherhood participate in a procession in Zamora, Spain on April 3, 2012. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Associated Press) #

A penitent flagellates himself in front of the San Fernando Cathedral in a ritual to atone for his sins in observance of Holy Week on April 5, 2012, in San Fernando city, Philippines. Such practice is rejected by the Catholic church. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press) #

A woman prays as she holds palm fronds during an outdoor Palm Sunday Mass in front of the earthquake-damaged cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on April 1, 2012. (Ramon Espinosa/Associated Press) #

A girl looks at a poster during Palm Sunday mass in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on April, 1, 2012. (Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images) #

Penitents of 'San Gonzalo' parade during Holy Week in Seville on April 2, 2012. (Cristina Quicler/AFP/Getty Images) #

A boy carries traditionally decorated catkin twigs during a Palm Sunday procession in Lofer, Austria on April 1, 2012. (Kerstin Joensson/Associated Press) #

Worshippers lead by Rev. Richard Veras (left), Pastor at St Rita's Parish in Staten Island, The Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio (center), Bishop of Brooklyn, and Frank Simmonds (right), leader of New York Community of Communion & Liberation, march over the Brooklyn Bridge in the 17th Way Of The Cross procession on April 06, 2012 in New York City. (Michael Nagle/Getty Images) #

A man reenacts the crucifixion of Jesus Christ during a Good Friday procession in the village of Jernaya, Lebanon on April 6, 2012. (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images) #

Nadia Coppola joins pilgrims as the Northern Cross pilgrimage makes its final leg of the journey to Holy Island on April 6, 2012 in Berwick-upon-Tweed, England. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) #

Some local girls in traditional clothes of the 'Matyo' minority, react as boys throw water during a rehearsal of the traditional Easter celebrations by the members of the Mezokovesd folk dance group in Mezokovesd, Hungary on April 5, 2012. Locals from northeast Hungary celebrate Easter with the traditional "watering of the girls", a fertility ritual rooted in Hungary's tribal pre-Christian past, going as far back as the second century AD. (Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images) #

Artist Olga Dawidczyk shows a traditionally decorated Easter egg at Kuznia Kurpiowska, a museum in the ethnic region of Kurpie in Pniewo, Poland on April 4, 2012. In Kurpie, traditional Easter eggs are decorated with white bulrush pith and colored wool. (Kacper Pempel/Reuters) #

A woman dances in a procession during the annual Lagos carnival on April 9, 2012 celebrating the Easter festival and the rich cultural heritage of of the state. (Pius Utomio Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images) #

The Rev. Tom Louis gets a hug from Lucille Lambruschi after she was baptized in the Gulf of Mexico following a sunrise worship at Vanderbilt Beach in Naples, Fla. on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012. (Scott McIntyre/Naples Daily News/Associated Press) #

Christians attend an Easter Sunday service at the Sacred Heart Church in Lahore, Pakistan on April 8, 2012. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Coptic Christian family prepares palm frond decorations on Easter in front of a church in Cairo on April 8, 2012. (Asmaa Waguih/Reuters) #

Residents of Santa Rosa Xochiac town watch the burning of "Judas Iscariot" in Mexico City on April 7, 2012. The Burning of Judas is an Easter-time ritual in many communities, where an effigy of Judas Iscariot is hanged on Good Friday, then burned on Easter Sunday. (Christian Palma/Associated Press) #

Riders sing as they parade on April 08, 2012 in Wittichenau, Germany. Sorbians, a Slavic minority in eastern Germany, celebrate Easter with processions of mounted riders dressed in 19th-century outfits who travel from village to village to sing and announce the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images) #

Belarussian Catholics prepare for a procession celebrating Easter in the small town of Ivenets on April 8, 2012. (Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty Images) #

A devotee carries a cross while reenacting Jesus' path to his crucifixion during a performance in Seoul on April 8, 2012. (Lee Jin-man/Associated Press) #

Roman Catholic devotees hold candles as they line a procession route for an icon of the Virgin Mary outside a Catholic church on Easter Sunday in Quezon City, Philippines on April 7, 2012. (Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images) #

Archbishop of York Dr. John Sentamu baptizes a follower during a ceremony on April 7, 2012 in York, England. Baptism of adults by total immersion is a symbolic ritual signifying a believer's death to their old life and a re-birth in Christ. (Bethany Clarke/Getty Images) #

Chinese Catholics pray as they attend an Easter service at the historic South Cathedral in Beijing on April 7, 2012. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)#

Cheryl Sodini from Holy Rosery Catholic Church gathers with a crowd of nearly 1000 catholic celebrants from the Memphis area during the annual Easter Sunrise Mass at Calvary Cemetery in Memphis on April 8, 2012. (Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal/Associated Press)#