Inside Spain's haunting Holy Week celebrations

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Penitents from "La Sangre" brotherhood walk to the church prior to the Holy Week procession in Cordoba, Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Hooded penitents from the "Los Estudiantes" brotherhood leave the university building after the procession was cancelled due to the bad weather in Seville, Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of annual traditional processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A hooded penitents from the "La Candelaria" brotherhood walks to the church to take part in a traditional annual procession in Seville, Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Hooded penitents from the "La Candelaria" brotherhood walk to the church to take part in a traditional annual procession in Seville, Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A hooded penitents from the "El Cerro" brotherhood casts a shadow against the ground as taking part in a traditional annual procession in Seville, Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Acolytes from the "El Cerro" brotherhood take part in a traditional annual procession in Seville, Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of traditional annual processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A hooded penitent from the "El Cerro" brotherhood carries a sleepy young boy on his shoulder as he parades during a traditional annual procession in Seville, Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Costaleros of the "El Cerro" brotherhood, who carry the portable dais platform which supports a statue of Jesus Christ on his back, stand before taking part in a traditional annual procession in Seville, Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A costalero of the "El Cerro" brotherhood, who carries the portable dais platform which supports a statue of Jesus Christ on his back, is helped to get ready in Seville, Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of traditional annual processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
'Ensacados,'' or masked penitents, with chains on his feet take part during the procession of the "Silencio del Santisimo Cristo del Rebate" brotherhood, during Holy Week in Tarazona, northern Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
EDS NOTE : SPANISH LAW REQUIRES THAT THE FACES OF MINORS ARE MASKED IN PUBLICATIONS WITHIN SPAIN. Masked penitents take part in the procession of the "Silencio del Santisimo Cristo del Rebate" brotherhood, during Holy Week in Tarazona, northern Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
EDS NOTE : SPANISH LAW REQUIRES THAT THE FACES OF MINORS ARE MASKED IN PUBLICATIONS WITHIN SPAIN. 'Ensacados,'' or masked penitents, take part in the procession of the "Silencio del Santisimo Cristo del Rebate" brotherhood, during Holy Week in Tarazona, northern Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A masked penitent takes part in the procession of the "Silencio del Santisimo Cristo del Rebate" brotherhood, during Holy Week in Tarazona, northern Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
'Ensacados,'' or masked penitents, take part in the procession of the "Silencio del Santisimo Cristo del Rebate" brotherhood, during Holy Week in Tarazona, northern Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A masked penitent takes part in the procession of the "Silencio del Santisimo Cristo del Rebate" brotherhood, during Holy Week in Tarazona, northern Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
An 'Ensacado,'' or masked penitent, takes part in the procession of the "Silencio del Santisimo Cristo del Rebate" brotherhood, during Holy Week in Tarazona, northern Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
'Ensacados,'' or masked penitents, take part in the procession of the "Silencio del Santisimo Cristo del Rebate" brotherhood, during Holy Week in Tarazona, northern Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
'Ensacado,'' or masked penitents, takes part in the procession of the "Silencio del Santisimo Cristo del Rebate" brotherhood, during Holy Week in Tarazona, northern Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
'Ensacados,'' or masked penitents, take part in the procession of the "Silencio del Santisimo Cristo del Rebate" brotherhood, during Holy Week in Tarazona, northern Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Penitents from "La Sangre" brotherhood wait to the start the Holy Week procession in Cordoba, Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Penitents from "La Sangre" brotherhood wait prior to the Holy Week procession in Cordoba, Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A "Costalero" from "La Sangre" brotherhood prepares prior to the Holy Week procession in Cordoba, Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
"Costaleros" from "La Sangre" brotherhood prepare prior to the Holy Week procession in Cordoba, Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Penitents from "La Sangre" brotherhood wait prior to the Holy Week procession in Cordoba, Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A hooded penitent from the "Los Estudiantes" brotherhood walks to the university building to take part in a traditional annual procession in Seville, Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A penitent from "La Sangre" brotherhood waits prior to the Holy Week procession in Cordoba, Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A hooded penitents from the "La Candelaria" brotherhood, seen through a glass, walks to the church to take part in a traditional annual procession in Seville, Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Hooded penitents from the "El Cerro" brotherhood parade during a traditional annual procession in Seville, Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A penitent from "La Sangre" brotherhood walks to the church prior to the Holy Week procession in Cordoba, Spain, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
EDS NOTE : SPANISH LAW REQUIRES THAT THE FACES OF MINORS ARE MASKED IN PUBLICATIONS WITHIN SPAIN. Penitents from the "Sentencia" brotherhood wait inside the church after the procession was cancelled due to bad weather in Cordoba, Spain, Monday, March 21, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Hooded penitents from the "El beso de Judas" brotherhood walk to the church to take part in a traditional annual procession in Seville, Spain, Monday, March 21, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Penitents and worshippers from the El Cautivo brotherhood react inside the church after the procession was cancelled due to bad weather in Seville, Spain, Monday, March 21, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
EDS NOTE : SPANISH LAW REQUIRES THAT THE FACES OF MINORS ARE MASKED IN PUBLICATIONS WITHIN SPAIN. A young penitent from the El Cautivo brotherhood holds a candle as he waits inside the church to take part in a procession in Seville, Spain, Monday, March 21, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Penitents from the El Cautivo brotherhood react outside the church after the procession was cancelled due to bad weather in Seville, Spain, Monday, March 21, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Hooded penitents from the "El Museo" brotherhood walk to the church to take part in a procession in Seville, Spain, Monday, March 21, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Hooded penitents from the "El Museo" brotherhood arrive to the church to take part in a procession in Seville, Spain, Monday, March 21, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Penitents from the "Vera Cruz" brotherhood wait inside the church after the procession was cancelled due to bad weather in Cordoba, Spain, Monday, March 21, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Penitents from the "Vera Cruz" brotherhood react inside the church after the procession was cancelled due to bad weather in Cordoba, Spain, Monday, March 21, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Music instruments and hats of musicians from the "El beso de Judas" brotherhood rest on the ground before the traditional annual procession was cancelled due to the bad weather in Seville, Spain, Monday, March 21, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A hooded penitent from "Vera Cruz" walks before a a Holy Week procession in Cordoba, Spain, Monday, March 21, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. The procession was cancelled due to bad weather. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Penitents from the "Vera Cruz" brotherhood react inside the church after the procession was cancelled due to bad weather in Cordoba, Spain, Monday, March 21, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Hooded penitents from the "El beso de Judas" brotherhood walk to the church to take part in a traditional annual procession in Seville, Spain, Monday, March 21, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A hooded penitent from the "El beso de Judas" brotherhood looks at the sky after the procession was canceled due to the bad weather in Seville, Spain, Monday, March 21, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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The week leading up to Easter is an incredibly important one for the religious in Spain. Holy Week or Semana Santa, commemorates the last week of Jesus Christ's life. Various brotherhoods -- some dating back to the Middle Ages, march through the streets somberly wearing head to toe coverings to remain anonymity.

At first glance the procession looks scary -- resembling the America's terrifying Ku-Klux-Klan, but the marchers are peaceful with their traditions being deeply rooted.

Click through the gallery above to see photographs chronicling the special week.

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