Christians around the world observed Good Friday on 29 March, marking the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. According to Christian beliefs, Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and resurrected on Easter Sunday.

The streets of Jerusalem thronged with hundreds of Christians walking through the Old City, carrying wooden crosses and chanting prayers, while elsewhere Christians staged re-enactments and prayed, with some events including real crucifixions.

In Jerusalem, pilgrims processed along the Via Dolorosa, re-tracing Jesus' steps and suffering on his way to be crucified. The pilgrims walked through his 14 stations, chanting prayers and ending at the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulchre, reported.

Priests dressed in brown robes explained the different stations to the crowds through a megaphone. One of the priests, Leonard Mary, from Irondale in the American state of Alabama, was dressed as Jesus and carrying a cross while wearing a crown of thorns. Fake blood dripped from his chest to complete the image.

"The most perfect love that was ever seen in the world was when Jesus died for us. He showed us the perfection of love," the priest said.

Meanwhile, in the Philippines, Catholics carried out a re-enactment of the crucifixion, despite the pleas of local bishops for them to desist. Volunteers were crucified for 10 minutes at a time.

Check out photographs of Good Friday observed around the world, as preparations for Easter begin...