Meltdown, The Alps Under Pressure, National Geographic Magazine: Candle-Lit Religious Tradition

Young boys walk in candle light making slight blur with lanterns.

Children carry canvas lanterns, some over a hundred years old that are lit with candles, as they begin a processional on the evening of Good Friday in Mendrisio, Switzerland. The Christian celebration has been held since the 17th century with actors playing the story of Jesus. Costumed Arab slave traders, Jesus and other biblical figures wear historic clothing and create a human tide numbering around 600, as they parade through narrow streets while loud, somber music is played on loud speakers.

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