Observances of the faithful

La Prensa Grafica has carried many photo galleries this week showing the many religious processions and celebrations which are part of Semana Santa (Holy Week) in El Salvador. Here are some:

Pal m Sunday and video -- procession of palm branches marking Jesus' entrance into Jerusalemm.

La Lavada -- Procession to wash the clothes for the image of Christ -- a ceremony performed in the river El Trapiche for more than 300 years.

Los Taquines -- red suited devils roam the streets with whips to strike penitent sinners.

Children of Izalco -- Processions through the streets of the town with the image of Christ on his way to Calvary