Because Ecuador is predominantly Catholic, Good Friday is one of the biggest religious events in the country. The largest celebrations are held in Quito and Guayaquil. In Quito, Good Friday celebrations begin very early. Those involved in the procession congregate at the church to don their purple cucurucho (“cone-shaped”) costumes. Others will represent a suffering Jesus Christ, all in a demonstration of faith. The Good Friday procession begins at noon and takes place throughout the historic center of Quito. Hundreds of people wanting to amend their sins take part in this parade to publicly demonstrate their devotion, penance and thanks to God. This celebration has taken place since 1961.