Easter Parade in Larantuka, East Flores

A week before Easter, the town of Larantuka in East Flores will be awash with thousands of devotees for the annual Easter Holy Week devotions, also called the Semana Santa procession by the locals. The route along the 10km parade will be lighted with candles for the procession as thousands celebrate by carrying the statues of Jesus and his mother, Mary. The procession, a religious icon for the town, has been held continuously annually for five centuries and begins at the Anugerah Church and ends at the Talitakumi Church. During this week, pilgrims from Bali, Java, and the surrounding islands in East Nusa Tenggara as well as international tourists will come to Larantuka to witness or participate in this one of a kind week-long event. In the past, Larantuka was the Portuguese trading centre for South East Indonesia; it is also known as the City of 1000 Churches, Naples of the Orient, Italy of Flores and Spain of the Lesser Sunda Islands.

*Photo by Valentino Luis

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