In pictures: Holy Week celebrations around the world

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Women wearing the traditional mantilla from "Los Estudiantes" brotherhood take part in a traditional annual Holy Week procession in Madrid. Hundreds of processions took place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (Francisco Seco/AP)

Women wearing the traditional mantilla from "Los Estudiantes" brotherhood take part in a traditional annual Holy Week procession in Madrid. Hundreds of processions took place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (Francisco Seco/AP)

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A penitent of the Santo Cristo de la Sangre brotherhood takes part in a procession during the Holy Week in Medina Sidonia, southern Spain. (Susana Vera/REUTERS)

A penitent of the Santo Cristo de la Sangre brotherhood takes part in a procession during the Holy Week in Medina Sidonia, southern Spain. (Susana Vera/REUTERS)

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Costaleras (women who carry a float bearing the statue of Christ) of the Santo Cristo de la Sangre brotherhood get emotional as they get ready to take part in a procession during the Holy Week in Medina Sidonia, southern Spain. (Susana Vera/REUTERS)

Costaleras (women who carry a float bearing the statue of Christ) of the Santo Cristo de la Sangre brotherhood get emotional as they get ready to take part in a procession during the Holy Week in Medina Sidonia, southern Spain. (Susana Vera/REUTERS)

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Masked penitents and acolytes from "Los Estudiantes" brotherhood take part in a traditional annual Holy Week procession in Madrid. (Francisco Seco/AP)

Masked penitents and acolytes from "Los Estudiantes" brotherhood take part in a traditional annual Holy Week procession in Madrid. (Francisco Seco/AP)

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Penitents of the Santo Cristo de la Sangre brotherhood take part in a procession during the Holy Week in Medina Sidonia, southern Spain. (Susana Vera/REUTERS)

Penitents of the Santo Cristo de la Sangre brotherhood take part in a procession during the Holy Week in Medina Sidonia, southern Spain. (Susana Vera/REUTERS)

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A member of a band plays music as they take part in a procession during the Holy Week in Medina Sidonia, southern Spain. (Susana Vera/REUTERS)

A member of a band plays music as they take part in a procession during the Holy Week in Medina Sidonia, southern Spain. (Susana Vera/REUTERS)

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Costaleras (women who carry a float bearing the statue of Christ) of the Santo Cristo de la Sangre brotherhood take part in a procession during the Holy Week in southern Spain. (Susana Vera/REUTERS)

Costaleras (women who carry a float bearing the statue of Christ) of the Santo Cristo de la Sangre brotherhood take part in a procession during the Holy Week in southern Spain. (Susana Vera/REUTERS)

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Penitents carry a statue of the "Maria Santisima de la Amargura's Virgin" during the "Gitanos" (The Gypsy) brotherhood procession on April 9, 2017 in Ronda, during the Holy Week. Christian believers around the world mark the Holy Week of Easter in celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. / AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERRERO (Jorege Gurrero/AFP)

Penitents carry a statue of the "Maria Santisima de la Amargura's Virgin" during the "Gitanos" (The Gypsy) brotherhood procession on April 9, 2017 in Ronda, during the Holy Week. Christian believers around the world mark the Holy Week of Easter in celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. / AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERRERO (Jorege Gurrero/AFP)

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A penitent of the Santo Cristo de la Sangre brotherhood takes part in a procession during the Holy Week in Medina Sidonia, southern Spain. (Susana Vera/REUTERS)

A penitent of the Santo Cristo de la Sangre brotherhood takes part in a procession during the Holy Week in Medina Sidonia, southern Spain. (Susana Vera/REUTERS)

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Penitents of the "Gitanos" (The Gypsy) brotherhood take part in a procession in Ronda, during the Holy Week. Christian believers around the world mark the Holy Week of Easter in celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Jorege Gurrero/AFP)

Penitents of the "Gitanos" (The Gypsy) brotherhood take part in a procession in Ronda, during the Holy Week. Christian believers around the world mark the Holy Week of Easter in celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Jorege Gurrero/AFP)

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Costaleros of the Los Gitanos brotherhood, (men who carry a float bearing the statue of the Virgin Mary), known traditionally as "paso", take part in a procession during the Holy Week in Ronda. (Jon Nazca/REUTERS)

Costaleros of the Los Gitanos brotherhood, (men who carry a float bearing the statue of the Virgin Mary), known traditionally as "paso", take part in a procession during the Holy Week in Ronda. (Jon Nazca/REUTERS)

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A penitent of "El Silencio" brotherhood wait for the start of a Palm Sunday procession, during the Holy Week in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. (Enrique Calvo/REUTERS)

A penitent of "El Silencio" brotherhood wait for the start of a Palm Sunday procession, during the Holy Week in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. (Enrique Calvo/REUTERS)

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Penitents of "Nuestra senora de la Asuncion" brotherhood wait for the start of a Palm Sunday procession, during the Holy Week in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. (Enrique Calvo/REUTERS)

Penitents of "Nuestra senora de la Asuncion" brotherhood wait for the start of a Palm Sunday procession, during the Holy Week in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. (Enrique Calvo/REUTERS)

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Penitents of "Santa Monica" brotherhood enter a church before the start of a Palm Sunday procession, during the Holy Week in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. (Enrique Calvo/REUTERS)

Penitents of "Santa Monica" brotherhood enter a church before the start of a Palm Sunday procession, during the Holy Week in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. (Enrique Calvo/REUTERS)

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A penitent of "La Borriquita" brotherhood stands inside a church before taking part in a procession during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain. (Jesus Moron/REUTERS)

A penitent of "La Borriquita" brotherhood stands inside a church before taking part in a procession during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain. (Jesus Moron/REUTERS)

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A penitent of the 'La Paz' brotherhood walks to his church during the Holy Week. (Cristina Quicler/AFP)

A penitent of the 'La Paz' brotherhood walks to his church during the Holy Week. (Cristina Quicler/AFP)

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A man (L) sings as the Christ of 'La Paz' brotherhood parade past during the Holy Week. (Cristina Quicler/AFP)

A man (L) sings as the Christ of 'La Paz' brotherhood parade past during the Holy Week. (Cristina Quicler/AFP)

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A street vendor holds balloons during the Holy Week parade. (Cristina Quicler/AFP)

A street vendor holds balloons during the Holy Week parade. (Cristina Quicler/AFP)

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A penitent of the 'La Paz' brotherhood walks during the Holy Week. (Cristina Quicler/AFP)

A penitent of the 'La Paz' brotherhood walks during the Holy Week. (Cristina Quicler/AFP)

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'Costaleros' from the Jesus Despojado brotherhood carry the heavy platform with a religious statue out of the church on their knees during a Holy Week procession in Alcala de Henares in central Spain. (Paul White/AP)

'Costaleros' from the Jesus Despojado brotherhood carry the heavy platform with a religious statue out of the church on their knees during a Holy Week procession in Alcala de Henares in central Spain. (Paul White/AP)

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Penitents of the 'La Paz' brotherhood walk in Sevilla during the Holy Week. (Cristina Quicler/AFP)

Penitents of the 'La Paz' brotherhood walk in Sevilla during the Holy Week. (Cristina Quicler/AFP)

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Spanish actor Antonio Banderas takes part in the 'Lagrimas y Favores' (Tears and favours) brotherhood procession. (Jorge Guerrero/AFP)

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas takes part in the 'Lagrimas y Favores' (Tears and favours) brotherhood procession. (Jorge Guerrero/AFP)

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A priest holds up a palm during Palm Sunday, in Pamplona, northern Spain. (Alvaro Barrientos/AP)

A priest holds up a palm during Palm Sunday, in Pamplona, northern Spain. (Alvaro Barrientos/AP)

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Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III (C) leads the Palm Sunday Easter procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City. (Gali Tibbon/AFP)

Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III (C) leads the Palm Sunday Easter procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City. (Gali Tibbon/AFP)

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Faithful carry handmade palms during a procession in the village of Glinianka, Poland. (Alik Keplicz/AP)

Faithful carry handmade palms during a procession in the village of Glinianka, Poland. (Alik Keplicz/AP)

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Pope Francis greets the crowd at the end of the Palm Sunday mass at St Peter's square in Vatican. Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of the Holy Week, and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified. (Alberto Pizzoli/AFP)

Pope Francis greets the crowd at the end of the Palm Sunday mass at St Peter's square in Vatican. Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of the Holy Week, and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified. (Alberto Pizzoli/AFP)

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An Indian Christian worshipper holds a cross made from palm leaves during a Palm Sunday Mass in Chennai. (Arun Sankar/AFP)

An Indian Christian worshipper holds a cross made from palm leaves during a Palm Sunday Mass in Chennai. (Arun Sankar/AFP)

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Pope Francis blesses a child at the end of the Palm Sunday mass. (Vincenzo Pinto/AFP)

Pope Francis blesses a child at the end of the Palm Sunday mass. (Vincenzo Pinto/AFP)

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Penitents of "Lagrimas and Favores" brotherhood pray inside a church as they take part in a Palm Sunday procession. (Jon Nazca/REUTERS)

Penitents of "Lagrimas and Favores" brotherhood pray inside a church as they take part in a Palm Sunday procession. (Jon Nazca/REUTERS)

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Christians pray during Palm Sunday mass inside the Cave Cathedral or St. Sama'ans Church on the Mokattam hills overlooking Cairo, Egypt. (Nariman El-Mofty/AP)

Christians pray during Palm Sunday mass inside the Cave Cathedral or St. Sama'ans Church on the Mokattam hills overlooking Cairo, Egypt. (Nariman El-Mofty/AP)

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A Christian girl holds palm fonds during a Palm Sunday mass inside the Cave Cathedral or St. Sama'ans Church on the Mokattam hills. (Nariman El-Mofty/AP)

A Christian girl holds palm fonds during a Palm Sunday mass inside the Cave Cathedral or St. Sama'ans Church on the Mokattam hills. (Nariman El-Mofty/AP)

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Cardinals attend the Palm Sunday mass at St Peter's square in Vatican. (Vincenzo Pinto/AFP)

Cardinals attend the Palm Sunday mass at St Peter's square in Vatican. (Vincenzo Pinto/AFP)

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