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NTT gearing up for ‘Semana Santa’

  • Markus Makur

    The Jakarta Post

Larantuka   /   Thu, March 28 2013   /  08:53 am

Thousands of Catholic pilgrims have started arriving in Larantuka, East Flores, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), to attend Good Friday celebrations in the province.

Most of the pilgrims hail from the western region of Flores as well as various areas in Indonesia, including four journalists from Portugal who wished to cover the unique Semana Santa procession.

The Holy Week procession is organized annually at the Reinha Rosari Cathedral in Larantuka, also dubbed Reinha Rosaria city.

East Flores Regent Yoseph Lagadoni Herin said his administration, alongside church authorities, commemorates the Semana Santa every year. The procession has been celebrated by Larantuka residents since 1599.

The religious ritual is carried out by the church, while the regency administration serves as the facilitator for guests, including domestic and foreign visitors as well as guests fr...