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Palm Sunday afternoon, the rituals begin....
Not many people sleep on the Thursday night....
Groups of neighbours get together to share the cost and effort involved in making the large street carpets (alfombras). Many devotees will organise extra lighting and work through the night to prepare their art work in time.
|The most important Holy Week procession leaves La Merced at 7am,
on Good Friday. The route is lined by men and boys wearing purple cassocks, and white
headdresses, while the crowd of onlookers wait patiently behind them.
The large model of a dark-skinned, red-cloaked, Christ and his cross needs about seventy people to carry it.
The load is heavy and the day is hot,
so the litter bearers will have to be rotated
throughout the procession.
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