Good Friday Celebration Photos: 18 images show the kickoff to the Christian holy day

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Just two days ahead of Easter Sunday, Christians around the world are celebrating Good Friday, the holy day marking the death and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. 

Good Friday, which takes place this year on April 14, is the second day of the Easter Triduum, the holy period that begins with Holy Thursday and ends with Easter Sunday.

Catholics traditionally fast on Good Friday, and the solemn occasion traditionally isn't celebrated with a mass, though there may be a liturgy performed. Some areas around the world, such as the Philippines, also mark the occasion with a reenactment of Christ's crucifixion. 

Here are 18 photos showing how Christians around the world are marking this holy day.

India

A Good Friday reenactment in Ahmedabad, IndiaSource: Ajit Solanki/AP
A Good Friday reenactment in Ahmedabad, India  Ajit Solanki/AP
Reenactment in Gauhati, IndiaSource: Anupam Nath/AP
Reenactment in Gauhati, India  Anupam Nath/AP

France

Catholics gather at the Cathedral of Bordeaux.Source: MEHDI FEDOUACH/Getty Images
Catholics gather at the Cathedral of Bordeaux.  MEHDI FEDOUACH/Getty Images
A Good Friday procession at Sacre Coeur in ParisSource: Christophe Ena/AP
A Good Friday procession at Sacre Coeur in Paris  Christophe Ena/AP

Philippines

Before the reenactment in San Pedro CutudSource: NOEL CELIS/Getty Images
Before the reenactment in San Pedro Cutud  NOEL CELIS/Getty Images
The reenactment in San Pedro CutudSource: NOEL CELIS/Getty Images
The reenactment in San Pedro Cutud  NOEL CELIS/Getty Images

Jerusalem

Christian pilgrims carry crosses in a procession in Jerusalem's Old City.Source: MENAHEM KAHANA/Getty Images
Christian pilgrims carry crosses in a procession in Jerusalem's Old City.  MENAHEM KAHANA/Getty Images
Christians carry a cross as they enter the Holy Sepulchre church in Jerusalem.Source: THOMAS COEX/Getty Images
Christians carry a cross as they enter the Holy Sepulchre church in Jerusalem.  THOMAS COEX/Getty Images
A Christian pilgrim reenacts the crucifixion along the path Jesus walked in Jerusalem.Source: THOMAS COEX/Getty Images
A Christian pilgrim reenacts the crucifixion along the path Jesus walked in Jerusalem.  THOMAS COEX/Getty Images

United Kingdom

The Wintershall Players perform "The Passion of Jesus" in London's Trafalgar Square.Source: Jack Taylor/Getty Images
The Wintershall Players perform "The Passion of Jesus" in London's Trafalgar Square.  Jack Taylor/Getty Images
The Wintershall Players perform in Trafalgar Square.Source: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/Getty Images
The Wintershall Players perform in Trafalgar Square.  DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/Getty Images

Greece

Greek Orthodox believers attend mass at the Pendeli monastery in Greece.Source: LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/Getty Images
Greek Orthodox believers attend mass at the Pendeli monastery in Greece.  LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/Getty Images
A worshiper pays homage to a crucifix at the Pendeli monastery in Greece.Source: Petros Giannakouris/AP
A worshiper pays homage to a crucifix at the Pendeli monastery in Greece.  Petros Giannakouris/AP

Kenya

A Good Friday procession in Nairobi, KenyaSource: Sayyid Abdul Azim/AP
A Good Friday procession in Nairobi, Kenya  Sayyid Abdul Azim/AP

Australia

A Good Friday reenactment in SydneySource: PETER PARKS/Getty Images
A Good Friday reenactment in Sydney  PETER PARKS/Getty Images

Germany

A re-enactment in Bensheim, GermanySource: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images
A re-enactment in Bensheim, Germany  Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

Egypt

A Good Friday procession in CairoSource: KHALED DESOUKI/Getty Images
A Good Friday procession in Cairo  KHALED DESOUKI/Getty Images

Pakistan

Pakistani Christians attend a Good Friday service in Lahore.Source: ARIF ALI/Getty Images
Pakistani Christians attend a Good Friday service in Lahore.  ARIF ALI/Getty Images