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Christmas Celebration in Georgia
Tbilisi
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
07 Jan 2019

On January 7 Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas. Today the theatrical walking called “Alilo” is organized all over the country. “Alilo” is led by the Orthodox priests. During this procession, participants in colorful clothes are singing church songs and collecting sweets and fruits for poor people. Collected sweets and gifts are put on special carts. The procession is moving to the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where the participants of the event will be met by the Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II.

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Georgia celebrates Christmas
Tbilisi
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
06 Jan 2019

Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas. Today the theatrical walking called “Alilo” is organized all over the country. “Alilo” is led by the Orthodox priests. During this procession, participants in colorful clothes are singing church songs and collecting sweets and fruits for poor people. Collected sweets and gifts are put on special carts. The procession is moving to the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where the participants of the event will be met by the Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II.

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Georgia celebrates Christmas
Tbilisi
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
06 Jan 2019

On January 7th Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas. Today the theatrical walking called “Alilo” is organized all over the country. “Alilo” is led by the Orthodox priests. During this procession, participants in colorful clothes are singing church songs and collecting sweets and fruits for poor people. Collected sweets and gifts are put on special carts. The procession is moving to the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where the participants of the event will be met by the Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II.

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Georgia celebrates Christmas
Tbilisi
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
06 Jan 2019

Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas. Today the theatrical walking called “Alilo” is organized all over the country. “Alilo” is led by the Orthodox priests. During this procession, participants in colorful clothes are singing church songs and collecting sweets and fruits for poor people. Collected sweets and gifts are put on special carts. The procession is moving to the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where the participants of the event will be met by the Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II.

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Georgia celebrates Christmas
Tbilisi
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
06 Jan 2019

Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas. Today the theatrical walking called “Alilo” is organized all over the country. “Alilo” is led by the Orthodox priests. During this procession, participants in colorful clothes are singing church songs and collecting sweets and fruits for poor people. Collected sweets and gifts are put on special carts. The procession is moving to the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where the participants of the event will be met by the Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II.

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Georgia celebrates Christmas
Tbilisi
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
06 Jan 2019

Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas. Today the theatrical walking called “Alilo” is organized all over the country. “Alilo” is led by the Orthodox priests. During this procession, participants in colorful clothes are singing church songs and collecting sweets and fruits for poor people. Collected sweets and gifts are put on special carts. The procession is moving to the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where the participants of the event will be met by the Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II.

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Georgia celebrates Christmas
Tbilisi
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
06 Jan 2019

Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas. Today the theatrical walking called “Alilo” is organized all over the country. “Alilo” is led by the Orthodox priests. During this procession, participants in colorful clothes are singing church songs and collecting sweets and fruits for poor people. Collected sweets and gifts are put on special carts. The procession is moving to the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where the participants of the event will be met by the Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II.

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Christmas celebration in Georgia
Tbilisi
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
06 Jan 2019

On January 7th Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas. Today the theatrical walking called “Alilo” is organized all over the country. “Alilo” is led by the Orthodox priests. During this procession, participants in colorful clothes are singing church songs and collecting sweets and fruits for poor people. Collected sweets and gifts are put on special carts. The procession is moving to the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where the participants of the event will be met by the Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II.

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Holy Week traditions in Taranto
Taranto
By Cosimo Attanasio
16 Apr 2017

This photo essay documents the famous processions during the week before Easter, Holy Week, in Taranto. Since 1605, the devoted perform a traditional "pilgrimage" between the old and new city, visiting all the ancient curches in the city along the route. The two brotherhoods organizing the processions called: "le Perdune", "l'Addolorata," and "i Misteri".

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Holy Week traditions in Taranto
Taranto
By Cosimo Attanasio
14 Apr 2017

The priors of the brotherood of the grieving Madonna before the "alzata" of the statue.

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Holy Week traditions in Taranto
Taranto
By Cosimo Attanasio
14 Apr 2017

The statue of grieving Madonna during the pilgrimage in the Isola (old city). The exit of Madonna from Church of Saint Domenico is considered from the Tarantinians the main event of the Holy Week.

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Holy Week traditions in Taranto
Taranto
By Cosimo Attanasio
14 Apr 2017

The pilgrimage of the statue of Grieving Madonna, the main event of the Holy week and the church of Saint Domenico, where the statue stands for the rest of the year.

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Holy Week traditions in Taranto
Taranto
By Cosimo Attanasio
14 Apr 2017

One of the three "crociferi" who bring the cross on the shoulder during the pilgrimage of Madonna.

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Holy Week traditions in Taranto
Taranto
By Cosimo Attanasio
14 Apr 2017

The statue of fallen Christ during the procession of "Misteri" the holy Friday.

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Holy Week traditions in Taranto
Taranto
By Cosimo Attanasio
14 Apr 2017

People bringing the statue of veiled Christ during the procession of "Misteri" the holy Friday.

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Holy Week traditions in Taranto
Taranto
By Cosimo Attanasio
14 Apr 2017

People bringing the statue of veiled Christ during the procession of "Misteri" the holy Friday, it's the last statue in procession during the holy week.

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Holy Week traditions in Taranto
Taranto
By Cosimo Attanasio
13 Apr 2017

"le Perdune", devoted people who ask the forgiveness to Jesus, near the curch of Carmine, in Borgo (new city) where they start their penance. They walk with barefoot using the traditional walking called "nazzecate", swinging slowly.

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Holy Week traditions in Taranto
Taranto
By Cosimo Attanasio
13 Apr 2017

"le Perdune", devoted people who ask the forgiveness to Jesus, in Borgo (new city). They walk with barefoot using the traditional walking called "nazzecate", swinging slowly.

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Holy Week traditions in Taranto
Taranto
By Cosimo Attanasio
13 Apr 2017

"le Perdune", devoted people who ask the forgiveness to Jesus, in Borgo (new city). They walk with barefoot using the traditional walking called "nazzecate", swinging slowly.

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Holy Week traditions in Taranto
Taranto
By Cosimo Attanasio
13 Apr 2017

The famous processions of the Holy Week in Taranto.
Since the 1605 the devoted doing the traditional "pilgrimage" in the old and new city, visiting all the ancient curches in the city.
Two brotherhoods organizing the processions called: "le Perdune", "l'Addolorata" and "i Misteri".

In photo: "le Perdune", devoted people who ask the forgiveness to Jesus, all'Isola (old city). They walk with barefoot using the traditional walking called "nazzecate", swinging slowly.

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Holy Week traditions in Taranto
Taranto
By Cosimo Attanasio
13 Apr 2017

"le Perdune", devoted people who ask the forgiveness to Jesus, going to the church of Duomo (main church) in the Isola (old city). They walk with barefoot using the traditional walking called "nazzecate", swinging slowly.

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Holy Week traditions in Taranto
Taranto
By Cosimo Attanasio
13 Apr 2017

"Le Perdune", devoted people who ask the forgiveness to Jesus, in the church of Duomo (main church) in the Isola (old city). They walk with barefoot using the traditional walking called "nazzecate", swinging slowly.

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Holy Week traditions in Taranto
Taranto
By Cosimo Attanasio
13 Apr 2017

"Le Perdune", devoted people who ask the forgiveness to Jesus, in the church of Duomo (main church) in the Isola (old city). A couple of "perdune" is called "posta", at every altar a posta give the change to the previous for the prayer, the change of the "posta" is a rite with secret words whispered to the fellow of brotherhood.

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Holy Week traditions in Taranto
Taranto
By Cosimo Attanasio
13 Apr 2017

The brotherhood of Saint Mary of Constantinople (born in 1580) in the old city during the march from Duomo (main church) to the Saint Josef church.

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Despite Crisis Venezuelans Celebrate ...
Caracas
By Mariana Vincenti
07 Apr 2015

Caracas is touched by faith and devotion to a leader that requires no election bar love and unity

As a part of the Christian celebrations that take place in Venezuela during Holy Week, there’s one in Caracas called “El Nazareno de San Pablo” (The Nazarene of Saint Paul), the most popular of the processions made in honor of the image of Christ bearing the cross. The celebration took place in downtown Caracas on 1 April 2015 and attracted thousands of people.

Whatever the political storms to hit Venezuela since 1998, this procession has consistently drawn some of the country’s largest numbers of participants. In spite of the socio-economic crisis now plaguing Venezuelans, both their devotion to this tradition and their religious identity in general remain strong. Whatever the effects of Chavismo, these traditions have overcome the many other transformations their lives have undergone in this era.


This festival’s popularity dates to an old legend that a miracle saved thousands of people from a terrible disease. As the plague carried off thousands of lives, Holy Week arrived, and with it, several processions of different “Nazarenos” carrying the cross through various cities around the country. In the church of San Pablo in downtown Caracas, a wooden Christ was taken to the streets as it did each year. Suddenly, he got tangled in a lemon tree. When the lemons fell, people started eating them, and those who were sick began to heal. Word quickly spread, and more people came to eat the lemons from the miraculous lemon tree. Since then, thousands of people all over the country come to the procession that occurs every Wednesday of Holy Week. Most of the parishioners go dressed in purple, carrying crosses and a crown of thornsSome choose to express their devotion by walking barefoot down the path as an offer or payment for a promise.

Downtown Caracas celebrates in many ways and is flooded with colors portraying the different aspects of Venezuelans’ religious idiosyncrasy. Peddlers, among others, take advantage of the festivity to do a bustling business selling candles, incense, purple robes and other religious items. Everyone participates in a different way, from those who join the procession to kids and elders selling merchandise used by the parishioners involved in the ceremony.

The experience embraces a symphony of colors, scents, and sounds. The melody of a church organ meets the crying of the youngsters; the murmur of the prayers meets the discourse of the priest; purple robes, wooden crosses and yellow palm leafs dance to the scent of orchids and incense. From early morning to late at night, the “normal routine” of the booming capital pauses before these outpourings of Christian faith and devotion. Indeed, Caracas is a city of multiple faces. Amidst their convoluted lives, Caraqueños (people from Caracas) still seek the love and unity that these days are harder to come by. Indeed, the Wednesday of the Holy Week is hardly the only time that Caraqueños take to the streets from dawn ‘til dusk.  

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Heavy Clashes, Destruction in Mualla ...
Mualla
By Amged Sabeeh
04 Apr 2015

Video of clashes and aftermath of shelling in the southern Yemeni city of Mualla near Aden.

SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT

Travelling of killed child’s funeral procession of a
Moving shot of damaged building

SOUNDBITE (Man, Arabic) Unnamed Resident of Mualla
00:24 – 00:56
“Let the world see. They are bombing unarmed people, who do not have any weapons at all. The world needs to stand with the people who are suffering from injustice. The dignity of people is under attack and women and children are under bombing. The world has to understand that these are war profiteers who need to tried in front of the world. Where is human conscience? They say that people in northern Yemen are our brothers. The war involves the south only. They want to annihilate the people of the south. This is the truth.”

Various of damaged building
Wide of street battle

SOUNDBITE (Man, Arabic) Unnamed Resident of Mualla
01:24 – 01:57

“The Houthis and their allies, as well as the traitor Ali Abdullah Saleh, are bombing inhabited buildings with tanks. We are standing against them with utmost bravery. Our men and women are fighting against them. We will resist them with the help of God. We shall not accept this. Children! They have killed our children! They have killed our children! They destroyed our homes! But we shall remain steadfast, God willing. We will resist them.”

Wide of street battle
Wide/ zoom in of fleeing civilians
Traveling of injured southern separatist fighter being carried into ambulance
Wide of street battle

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Caracas procession 02
Caracas, Venezuela
By Mariana Vincenti
01 Apr 2015

The Basilica of Santa Teresa, house of the Nazarene after the San Pablo church was demolished years ago, remains full all day with parishioners that come and go from all over the country to see the wooden Christ that waits for the procession behind the altar

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Caracas procession 03
Caracas, Venezuela
By Mariana Vincenti
01 Apr 2015

Milagros (right) 19 years old sells candles each year since she was 5. She can make 400 BsF (2$) for each box of candles.

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Caracas procession 04
Caracas, Venezuela
By Mariana Vincenti
01 Apr 2015

Figures of the Nazarene are part of the merchandise displayed near the church along with the robes, crosses, rosaries, etc.

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Caracas procession 05
Caracas, Venezuela
By Mariana Vincenti
01 Apr 2015

Vicente Escobar, 58. Comes with his family each year to sell purple robes, he consider this as a tradition. He says this year has been hard for the business because “people don’t have money anymore”

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Caracas procession 06
Caracas, Venezuela
By Mariana Vincenti
01 Apr 2015

Junior, 13 (right) helps his mother with the selling; they come from Tachira, a state located on the western border of Venezuela.

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Caracas procession 07
Caracas, Venezuela
By Mariana Vincenti
01 Apr 2015

Genesis Rivas, 6. She and her mother pay a promise each year for health. She was diagnosed with an intestinal disease during pregnancy; she has survived this long and has a great perspective on her future.

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Caracas procession 08
Caracas, Venezuela
By Mariana Vincenti
01 Apr 2015

A peddler selling candles watches amazed as the Saint passes in front of him

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Caracas procession 09
Caracas, Venezuela
By Mariana Vincenti
01 Apr 2015

This man comes each year in bare feet, with a croen of thorns and a cross to pay a promise he made in exchange for health

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Caracas procession 11
Caracas, Venezuela
By Mariana Vincenti
01 Apr 2015

The silver cross is carried by the kids in front of the Nazareno during the procession. As a background, the full moon shines in the sky.

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Caracas procession 12
Caracas, Venezuela
By Mariana Vincenti
01 Apr 2015

The wooden cross leads the procession followed by the incense and a silver cross

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Caracas procession 13
Caracas, Venezuela
By Mariana Vincenti
01 Apr 2015

Elders and kids are the most common visitors of the procession, this woman watches with deep emotion as the Nazareno passes in front of her

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Caracas procession 14
Caracas, Venezuela
By Mariana Vincenti
01 Apr 2015

After 17 continuous ceremonies from 12 am to 5 pm every Wednesday from Holy Week the procession starts taking the Christ out the Church around the block and back.

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Caracas procession 15
Caracas, Venezuela
By Mariana Vincenti
01 Apr 2015

Carrying the Nazareno is a great honor and it’s done every year by the same group of man