Semana Santa, an Easter tradition of Portuguese legacy in Larantuka

Semana Santa
Semana Santa procession at Larantuka, East Nusa Tenggara. (Source: Kompas/Fikri Hidayat)

Jakarta, IO – Nearing Easter, the main street on Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara would normally be crowded with vehicles coming from the west of Flores. They flocked to Larantuka City in the eastern part to take part in the procession called Semana Santa or holy week.

However, this year it has been canceled again due to due to the Covid-19 situation.

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“Currently we are at PPKM Level 3 nationwide, so in the interest of public health and safety, we decided to cancel the celebration of Semana Santa which has been our tradition in Larantuka, Konga, Wureh this year,” said Mgr. Fransiskus Kopong Kung, bishop of Larantuka.

The news of course saddened the people, including Emanuel Rosman Rohy, a resident of Larantuka. Nevertheless, he obeyed the bishop’s advice. But he will not let the pandemic weakens his faith.