On an uncharacteristically wet and windy day in Jerusalem I spent the day wandering the streets of the Old City taking in the sights and sounds of the Good Friday celebrations. Thousands of Christian pilgrims descended upon the narrow cobble-stoned streets of the Old City, many of them re-enacting the final steps of Jesus Christ as they walked the Via Dolorosa, crucifix in hand, onto the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, purportedly the site at which Jesus was crucified and buried.
Aside from the mass of pilgrims the Israeli police force was out in force to manage the throngs of people. Numerous streets were blocked off, and the police had a busy time trying to explain to pilgrims, tourists and Arab & Jewish residents alike the long detours up and down smaller side streets people would have to take to get from one part of the city to another. Aside from being caught up in the procession at one point (see photos and video below) we avoided the worst of the masses and rain showers by seeking refuge in the Austrian Hospice cafeteria and eating amazingly sweet and heavy Arabic knafeh in Jaffar’s Sweets in the Muslim Quarter.
Happy Easter / Passover to everyone
A snippet of the Good Friday parade along the Via Dolorosa.