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The Philippines Has Its Good Friday Ritual Nailed Down


While President Obama broke new ground by hosting a White House Passover seder dinner for staffers and family, Catholics in the Philippines were carrying on a long standing Holy Week tradition.

For Good Friday, dozens of devotees were nailed to crosses, and many more had their backs whipped to atone for their sins. The Catholic Church officially frowns on the ritual, but that doesn't stop the worshipers, who go as far as driving nails into their hands.

Tourists from all over the world travel to the ceremonies, and business-savvy locals sell souvenirs and bottled water to spectators. Hopefully, they have some pain medicine to sell to those being crucified.

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