During the year the "pasos" -- statues to the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ -- remain in their alcoves in Spanish churches.
During the year the "pasos" -- statues to the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ -- remain in their alcoves in Spanish churches. At Easter, they are accompanied by hooded men through the streets of cities and towns.
The statues are dragged on carriages or carried by "colfradas" -- a group of men who belong to a particular church.
These men are accompanied by the penitents -- hooded men carrying heavy crosses and walking in bare feet or dragging chains attached to their ankles to atone for their sins.
The hoods, shaped like those of the American Ku Klux Klan, date from the Middle Ages in Spain. The Madrid procession, on Good Friday night, took three hours to cover its annual route through the Spanish capital.
As the 12 Pasos passed by, the crowd sang a "Saeta", an emotional song of adoration. Military bands also accompanied the statues and crosses.