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Christians in Philippines nail themselves to crosses and furiously whip themselves as act of penitence in Good Friday ritual - but the tourists aren't taking it too seriously

23:05, Friday, 14 April, 2017
Christians in Philippines nail themselves to crosses and furiously whip themselves as act of penitence in Good Friday ritual - but the tourists aren't taking it too seriously

Whether you're getting away for foreign shores or staying at home for a lamb roast with the family, Easter celebrations in Britain follow a familiar pattern.

But around the world Christians mark the festival of rebirth in hundreds of different ways, as these images show.
     For example, Christians in the Philippines whip themselves bloody with metal chains and are nailed to crosses to experience the suffering of Jesus as an act of holy penitence.

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