Many Christians took time out of their day to celebrate Good Friday, a day they believe Jesus was crucified.
From Bakersfield, to the Holy Land, worshipers gathered to observe the death of Jesus Christ.
Many attended services at different churches around town, while others carried a heavy cross for miles, experiencing what some believe Jesus went through.
It was a day of reflection at St. Francis church, where more than 100 people gathered and prayed.
Outside the church, there was more praying, commemorating the death of Jesus Christ.
But for junior high students and members of Canyon Hills church, they spent their Good Friday in a different way.
"These kids could be laying in a bed or hanging out at the mall. Instead, they are here carrying the cross experiencing Easter," said Robin Robinson, pastor at Canyon Hills church.
Students took turns carrying the cross for 4 miles, trekking through the dirt path off Kern Canyon Road.
It's called Journey to the Cross, an event that started nine years ago at Canyon Hills church.
"For them to really get their hands on the cross, to really feel the crown of thorns, to really feel and see a large nail -- they can experience more and I think they get more out of what Easter is really all about and the experience Jesus went through for us," said Pastor Robinson.
Students say the event allows them to experience what Jesus went through when he was crucified.
"To touch, feel, see and hear, we bring that experience all together so the kids can get the full impact," continued Robinson.
In Lamont, St. Augustine church held its annual passion play, as parishioners re-enacted the crucifixion of Christ.
"People are praying, it's just a great moment for little kids to see faith, people come out of their houses -- it's almost like a parade to see what's going on so it's a great teachable moment," said Father John Schmoll of St. Augustine church.