The variety and scale of celebrations across so many cultures makes for beautiful photography. Click here to see other scenes from Easter observances around the world.
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Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, blesses Benilda Tiongco as she enters the Cathedral of St. Matthew for the Good Friday mass April 22, 2011 in Washington, DC. About 200 Catholics followed the Via Crucis, or 'Way of the Cross,' and carried wooden crosses and statues from Our Lady, Queen of the Americas Catholic Church to the cathedral.
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Women penitents wearing traditional mantilla scarves wait inside the Royal Palace to start the procession of the 'Santisimo Cristo de los Alabarderos' brotherhood during Holy Week in Madrid, April 22, 2011. Hundreds of Easter processions take place in Spain during Holy Week drawing thousands of visitors.
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Jeff Thomas endures the rain as he stands on a cross on Glenwood Ave as part of an Easter weekend awareness event for the Northpark Church in Raleigh, N.C. on Friday, April 22, 2011. Members of the church took shifts on the cross for 1/2 - hour or an hour throughout the day.
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A child dressed as Jesus Christ is carried by a man as they take part in "Los Encadenados," or "The Chained Ones" procession on Good Friday during Holy Week in Masatepe, Nicaragua, Friday, April 22, 2011.
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A man builds a sand sculpture of the face of Jesus Christ during Holy Week celebrations in Arenal de Cochiraya, on the outskirts of Oruro, Bolivia, Friday, April 22, 2011.
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Inmates take part in the re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in a jail in Mexico City April 22, 2011.
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Faithful carry the Cross during one of the stations of the Way of the Cross led by Pope Benedict XVI on Good Friday on April 22, 2011 in front of the Colosseum in Rome.