Thursday, April 13, 2006

Good Friday on top of Mount Tapachou

On Good Friday, the Catholics on Saipan, which includes just about everybody, carry a cross from Mount Carmel Cathedral in Chalan Kanoa to the top of Mt. Tapachou. The first stretch of the journey is easy because they drive it to Capital Hill. For the second stretch though, the young guys have to carry it up the mountain.

Trust me when I tell you that it is not an easy task to carry a crucifix up a mountain. I know because I helped carry the cross this year.

It took 20-30 guys just over an hour to carry it to the top. Uphill. On our shoulders.

Here are some pictures:

And by the way:

This is my first Easter on Saipan since I was 3 (maybe 4). Either way, it's been over 20 years.

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