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    Easter in Latin America

    Easter in Latin America occurs during the autumn, so the churches are often decorated with fruits of the season, as well as flowers and greenery. Displays depicting the events leading up to the crucifixion are also displayed in churches. On Holy Thursday special altars called monumentos, which are decorated with flowers and lighted candles are set up. People will go to visit all the churches that have the monumentos until they have visited seven of the churches. Priests will often wash the feet of 12 altar boys or members of the parish on this day to commemorate the washing of the feet of the disciples by Christ.

    Church bells are silent from Holy Thursday to Holy Saturday and maracas are often used to announce the services. This period of mourning however ends on Saturday morning, when the church bells ring out to announce the Mass of Glory, which is a celebration for Christ's resurrection. Easter Sunday is a very quiet day in most parts of Latin America, with no religious ceremonies being performed.

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