Hooded Penitents Celebrate Holy Week

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While Holy Week is celebrated around the globe by Christians, Spain is renowned for a particularly colorful tradition: the procession of the nazareno penitents. Looking for all the world like they’re wearing the getup of the reviled Klu Klux Klan, the penitents are in fact covering their faces with hoods in order to publicly repent without being identified, in a tradition dating back to the 15th Century.

Celebrations take place throughout the country, with regional processions in Seville, Andalusia and Málaga being the most famous.

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