The town of Larantuka in East Flores is famed for its yearly Easter Procession, which is visited by a huge crowd of Catholic from all over the world. The Easter activities are initiated one week before Easter with semana sancta, or holy week, which is considered to be a time of self-reflection and confession.
The central characters of the Easter ceremony in Larantuka are two statues that were brought to Larantuka in the 16th century by Portuguese missionaries. These statues of Jesus and the Virgin Mary are stored in Capela Tua Ana and Capela Tuan Ma throughout the year. Only on Good Friday, the peak event of the Easter ceremony, are they taken out. Good Friday starts with the opening of Capela Tuan Ma for the people to come and pray at the Virgin Mary statue. In the morning, the statue of Jesus is also carried out from Capela Tuan Ana and brought to its counterpart, the Virgin Mary, in a procession of about seven kilometers.
During the procession, the litigants stop at eight small chapels to pray, and to remember the suffering of Jesus. When the two statues are finally united, they continue their journey together to Katedral Reinha Rosari, where a crowded, night-long Good Friday mass is held.
If you want to experience the Easter procession, it is highly recommended to book your accommodation well in advance, as you will find no vacant rooms during Easter.