In a gruesome, long-standing Good Friday ritual in the Philippines, a man was nailed to a cross as part of the re-enactment of Jesus Christ's death. It was this particular follower's 30th time being crucified.

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Good Friday is one of the most important days of the year for Christians. And in downtown San Antonio thousands will line the street for one of the country’s most popular performances of the Passion Play, which depicts the crucifixion of Jesus. 

Curfew Lifted At Selected Parks For Easter

Mar 18, 2016
Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department officials have announced that the park curfew will be lifted at selected City parks for the Easter holiday.

The park curfew will be lifted beginning at 11 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, and will resume at 11 p.m. on Easter Sunday, March 27.

Pope Francis, in his annual Urbi et Orbi ("To the City [Rome] and to the World") Easter address at St. Peter's Basilica, praised the framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program and expressed concern about bloodshed in Africa and the Middle East.

Through centuries and across cultures, the holiday's iconic customs have been built upon with the help of storytelling. And the cotton-tailed creature that leaves us chocolate and eggs has a longer tale.

1. Pagan Beginnings

The story of Easter is as much rooted in paganism as it is in Christianity. The holiday owes its name to Eostra, the Germanic goddess of spring and fertility.