Holy Week, which begins from Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday, marks the last week of Lent, during which Christians are called on to fast, pray and give alms to the needy. Holy Week is celebrated by Christians around the world to commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In Spain, Holy Week, or Semana Santa, is the most important religious period of the year. Processions featuring hooded figures are held on the streets of almost every city. Each city has several religious brotherhoods, often dating back to the Middle Ages. The colours of the robes and hoods signify membership of the different brotherhoods.

Penance during Holy Week in the Philippines is more rigorous, taking on element of Christ's suffering.

Some penitents bare their backs for flagellation – getting beaten until they bleed by men portraying Roman soldiers.

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A man beats a penitent in front of a chapel during a Holy Week flagellation ritual in Angeles city, Pampanga in the Philippines Lorgina Minguito/Reuters
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Venezuelans flock to the Basilica of Saint Teresa to venerate Saint Paul the Nazarene as part of Holy Week celebrations.

Wearing purple tunics, the faithful flock to the church in Caracas where the sacred image of Saint Paul the Nazarene heads the annual sunset procession.

Some followers arrive on their knees, barefoot or carrying a cross, thankful to the saint for miracles they credit to his intercession.

In other parts of the world, Catholics staged Passion plays, re-enacting bible stories and telling of Christ's last few hours on Earth before his crucifixion.

The crucifixion itself is commemorated on Good Friday, which this year falls on 3 April 2015. IBTimes UK wishes all Christians a happy Easter.