Good Friday procession in Malta

I spent Easter on the beautiful island of Malta, where the religious holiday is a very big deal.

On Good Friday, all the main villages on the island hold a parade to commemorate the Crucifixion. We watched as they relived the story of the death of Jesus  through the tiny streets of Rabit. The parade moves very slowly and they stop regularly for the crowd to reflect on each stage. The crowd are very respectful of the religious parade and there is a silence through the streets as the parade moves through.

All ages of people took part in the parade and we later found out from the locals that taking part in the parade holds much prestige. You are not chosen to take part but instead the family will pay money to take part.

The parade commenced at 6pm and it takes over 2 hours for the parade to complete and although the parade is silent, it ends with a brass band to mark the Resurrection.

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