Good Friday
Enaje, who potrays Jesus Christ, screams while a man playing a Roman soldier pulls out a nail from his palm during a Good Friday crucifixion re-enactment in San Pedro CutudReuters

Good Friday, which marks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ that took place more than 2000 years ago, is being observed by various Christian denominations around the world. The faithful avoid all luxuries on the day in remembrance of the sufferings their saviour went through during the last hours of his earthly life. But in what could be seen as something bizarre, some Christians in northern Philippines observe the day literally by being nailed on the cross.

Several Catholic devotees in Philippines re-enact Jesus Christ's final hours during Good Friday, attracting tourists from across the globe. They are whipped before being nailed to the cross and have long nails hammered through their hands and feet as people around them pray. They are brought down from the cross after a few minutes.

Enaje, who potrays Jesus Christ, screams while a man playing a Roman soldier pulls out a nail from his palm during a Good Friday crucifixion re-enactment in San Pedro Cutud
Enaje, who potrays Jesus Christ, screams while a man playing a Roman soldier pulls out a nail from his palm during a Good Friday crucifixion re-enactment in San Pedro Cutud

This shocking ritual has been carried out for decades despite the Church's disapproval. It is reported that over a dozen devotees went through the ritual this year too.

People go through the mock crucifixion as a sign of thanksgiving to God and for the forgiveness of their sins. They believe that such an act of sacrifice can cure illness of loved ones.

Penitents hang on wooden crosses after they were nailed to them during a Good Friday crucifixion re-enactment in San Pedro Cutud
Penitents hang on wooden crosses after they were nailed to them during a Good Friday crucifixion re-enactment in San Pedro Cutud

In yet another bizarre Good Friday ritual, many Christians in Kerala, India, observe the day by carrying huge wooden crosses to the top of the Malayattoor hills in Kochi where St Thomas Church is located. Apostle St Thomas is believed to have visited the place in AD 52.

Enaje, who is portraying Jesus Christ, is raised on a wooden cross by a group of men playing Roman soldiers during a Good Friday crucifixion re-enactment in San Pedro Cutud
Enaje, who is portraying Jesus Christ, is raised on a wooden cross by a group of men playing Roman soldiers during a Good Friday crucifixion re-enactment in San Pedro Cutud

Meanwhile, Pope Francis, who washed the feet of 12 young prisoners, including two women as part of the Holy Thursday ritual, will recite the Passion of Christ in St Peter's Basilica on Friday before leading the Way of the Cross ceremony. It will be his first Good Friday after his election to the post earlier this month . 

Enaje, who is portraying Jesus Christ, is raised on a wooden cross by a group of men playing Roman soldiers during a Good Friday crucifixion re-enactment in San Pedro Cutud
Enaje, who is portraying Jesus Christ, is raised on a wooden cross by a group of men playing Roman soldiers during a Good Friday crucifixion re-enactment in San Pedro Cutud