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From 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.

Passing over the alfombras. Copyright Michel Guntern


checking the cinders

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 heavy load
The load is heavy and the day is hot,
so the litter bearers will have to be rotated
throughout the procession.

Nomadic Gatherings - Travels in Asia and Australia

Travel on trains and buses in Asia, then jump into cars with complete strangers in Australia and New Zealand as Michel introduces you to a collection of characters that bring Nomadic Gatherings to life.

If you can't afford to buy a copy of Nomadic Gatherings, the chapters are slowly being made available online - for free.

You may even decide that it really is worth having a hard copy in your hands; a useful read for those long bus journeys being written about, and for endless waits at ferry ports.

Nomadic Gatherings - Online Chapters.

Find out more about Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, The Middle East, and The Americas.
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