Nicaragua: Via Crucis reenactment takes place despite COVID-19 pandemic

Despite calls for social distancing during the global COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds flocked to take part in a 'Via Crucis' reenactment on a small island in Nicaragua's Lake Granada on Sunday. Footage shows a flotilla of decorated boats ferrying participants and devotees to the island, alongside the 'Via Crucis' itself, in which actors playing Roman soldiers whip and then 'crucify' Jesus. The Lent... Еще event, also known as the Judea, takes place before Holy Week. Usually, the activity is carried out by the local church, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the church cancelled all public activities. However the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (INTUR) took charge of organizing and promoting religious representation during this time. «God has been our shield, has protected us, has accompanied us all the time because I think there are other places where the situation is critical and I can only say that we should be prudent because in the end, we are the ones who should prevent this from spreading,» said Howard Mercado, the actor playing Jesus. As of Monday, Nicaragua had six cases and one confirmed death from coronavirus, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

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