How People Around the World Are Celebrating Good Friday

Christians around the world today are commemorating Good Friday, which marks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Calvary Hill, just outside the ancient city of Jerusalem, nearly 2,000 years ago.

Celebrated on the Friday before Easter Sunday, it is considered one of the most somber days for Christians during Holy Week. Traditionally a day of fasting and penance in the Christian faith, devotees reflect on Christ's crucifixion. Throughout the world, many reenactments take place in public squares, paying homage to his sufferings.

In Jerusalem's Old City, pilgrims took part in the traditional Good Friday procession and carried wooden crosses along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre—the site of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection—and retraced Jesus' steps.

At Rome's Colosseum, Pope Francis is expected to lead Good Friday's Via Crucis ceremony, also known as the "Way of the Cross." On Saturday, the pope will celebrate an Easter Vigil at St Peter's Basilica, which then follows a traditional Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square. The Easter ceremonies finish with the pope's traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing from the St. Peter's balcony.

Here is a snapshot of Good Friday around the world, including reenactments:

Good Friday- Jerusalem
Worshippers carry a large wooden cross during a Good Friday procession along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem's Old City, March 30, 2018. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
A Christian pilgrim reenacts the Passion of Christ along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Suffering) during a procession marking Good Friday in Jerusalem's Old City on March 30, 2018. AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
Pilgrims celebrate Easter by crossing over the tidal causeway carrying wooden crosses on the final leg of their annual pilgrimage to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne on March 30, 2018 in Berwick-upon-Tweed, England. Around 100 people of all ages and backgrounds celebrated Easter by crossing at low tide during the pilgrimage which ends on the island. The event is organized by Northern Cross and sees pilgrims walking between 70 to 120 miles in the week leading up to the Good Friday crossing. Ian Forsyth/Getty Images
India Good Friday
Indian Catholics take part in a procession to re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Chennai on March 30, 2018. Passion plays are a dramatic presentation depicting the suffering and death of Jesus Christ and are an integral part of Good Friday celebrations for Catholics. ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images
Good Friday-Germany
Members of the Italian community take part in a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Bensheim, southwest of Frankfurt, Germany, March 30, 2018. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Penitents from the 'Cristo Salvador' brotherhood take part in a Good Friday procession on a beach in Spain's Valencia as part of the Holy Week on March 30, 2018. JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Australia Good Friday
24-year-old student Alec Green, depicting himself as Jesus Christ, carries a cross in a re-enactment from the Bible on Good Friday in Sydney on March 30, 2018. PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images
Actors playing Roman guards carry their shields during a performance of Wintershall's 'The Passion of Jesus' on Good Friday in Trafalgar Square in London on March 30, 2018. The Passion of Jesus tells the story from the Bible of Jesus's visit to Jerusalem and his crucifixion. On Good Friday 20,000 people gather to watch the Easter story in central London. One hundred Wintershall players bring their portrayal of the final days of Jesus to this iconic location in the capital. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (centre) during the Good Friday March of Witness through Broadstairs in Kent. Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images
Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit (L) carries a cross during a Stations of the Cross procession on Good Friday in front of Sacre Coeur Basilica on Montmarte hill in Paris on March 30, 2018. LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images