In Spain, Easter is a time for repenting. A sombre procession through Central Madrid on?
SV Penitents carrying lighted torches along street (NIGHT)
SV Penitent in red hood and another carrying cross (2 shots)
SV Women in mantillas in procession and hooded penitents following
SCU Youths pulling tableau followed by priests
SV People crossing themselves
SV Barefoot penitent dragging chain
SV PAN Crowds crossing themselves
GV Penitents pull tableaux
SV Crowd watching
SV Tableaux of Mary pulled by black hooded penitents
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Background: In Spain, Easter is a time for repenting. A sombre procession through Central Madrid on Good Friday, demonstrated how seriously this aspect of Holy Week is taken by the staunchly Roman Catholic population.
A dozen "pasos" or representations of Christ and Mary were carried through the streets. Hooded penitents, some carrying heavy crosses, some barefoot and dragging chains as a sign of humility, followed.
Thousands lined the streets, despite a downpour, to see the procession, which inspired "Saeta" from some of the onlookers. "Saeta" is the song of sorrow or praise, reserved for the statues of Jesus or Mary.
All over the country there were similar processions, reaching a climax on Good Friday -- the day that Christians believe Jesue Christ was crucified. They believe that he died to save the world from sin.