Created: 04/18/2014 7:58 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Good Friday traditions are underway across New Mexico, including the centuries old tradition of hiking up Tome Hill.
Marie Sanchez says she has taken part in the tradition since she was 12 years old. She brought her entire family to start the pilgrimage before sunrise, including her son for his first time.
"Sacrificing is what it is," Sanchez said. "I went through a lot and I think we could sacrifice a little bit today."
The trek gives Christians a chance to reflect and pray as part of Easter week.
"I do a lot of prayer for the sick," Sanchez said. "My mother was sick for the last two months, so I do a lot of heavy praying for families that couldn't be here today."
Some people also bring prayer cards and rosaries to pass out to other pilgrims making their way up the hill. At the top, many stop to pray near three crosses that have been at the site since the late 1940s.