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Tapetes: Building sawdust carpets for Easter procession in Brazil

In the late night and morning hours after Saturday night’s Easter Vigil, townspeople decorate the cobblestone streets with a tapete, or carpet, of colored wood shavings to mark the hilly, one kilometer route for the next morning’s procession between St. Francis of Assisi and the ornate Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar churches. Families living along the road take responsibility for each section, and pre-order large sacks of colored sawdust from the city. Student groups, adults and children are visible into the late hours tending to their sections. The quality of the designs is often remarkable.

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