4 traditions Hispanics embrace every Easter

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The Easter that most people think of with jelly beans, cellophane grass, peeps, and bunnies, does not exist in Latin America.

Instead, you'll find a nation with traditions deeply rooted in Catholicism. Next to Christmas, Easter is the most widely celebrated and important religious holiday of the year.

During the week leading up to Easter, known as Holy Week or Semana Santa, a number of colorful and fascinating traditions take place.

There is a blessing of the palms, processions in the street recreating the trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and finally the day that everyone has been waiting for - Easter Sunday or Domingo de Gloria.

With everyone feeling spiritually renewed, a huge celebration takes place. Family and friends get together and share a delicious meal.

Click through the slideshow to see some of the unique traditions that Hispanics partake in every Easter.

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Easter Traditions in Latinoamérica
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4 traditions Hispanics embrace every Easter
Kristal Garcia, in crown at left, and other San Antonians celebrate by cracking cascarones, confetti filled eggs, over each others heads at Alamo Plaza in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Palm Sunday

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Young boy with palm leaves, Palm Sunday, Popayan, southern Colombia. The city, a Unesco World Heritage site, stages one of the world's largest Easter celebrations throughout the Holy Week - Semana Santa - leading up to Good Friday.

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Joaquin Rueda, a 22-year-old law student, portrays Christ during a Good Friday reenactment in Ixtapalapa, a Mexico City neighborhood. Meant to bring people closer to understanding the suffering of Christ, the passion plays re-enact the crucifixion. They have also come to symbolize unity and community in regions swept by change. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
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