The most solemn manifestation of religious feeling around the Passion of Christ held in the province of Pontevedra are the Holy Week processions in Cangas. They feature floats of considerable historical and artistic value, as well as articulated images, including the Nazarene in the procession of the Santo Encuentro (Holy Encounter) and Christ in the ceremony of the Descent from the Cross, lending the events a moving realism.

The religious celebrations begin on the Friday of Sorrows, with the festival of Our Most Holy Lady of Sorrows (local festival). The Maundy Thursday procession is extremely striking. It features the Paso de la Mesa, a float depicting the Last Supper using natural products, the floats of the Prayer in the Garden and the Flagellation, a lovely artistic group, followed with great pomp by the closing float of the procession, the Lady of Sorrows.

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The morning of Good Friday begins with the procession of the Denial of St. Peter, notable for its popularity among young people, who carry the image of St. Peter around the J. Félix Soage Villarino Gardens. Afterwards, they celebrate with drinking chocolate. At midday, the centre of town fills with people attending the procession of the Santo Encuentro (Holy Meeting). As the historic passage recounting the climb up Mount Calvary unfolds, the images of the main characters appear: St. John, St. Veronica, Mary Magdalene, Mary of Clopas, Mary Salome and Our Lady of Sorrows. The Nazarene, accompanied by the Simon of Cyrene and Roman soldiers, falls three times. This is made possible by an articulation system.

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