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What is the Feast of the Black Nazarene?
The Feast of the Black Nazarene is one of the biggest religious festivals in the country's capital city, Manila. This occasion, celebrated annually on January 9th, truly highlights the fervor of the Filipinos in professing their faith.
The centuries-old, life-sized statue of the Black Nazarene or the image of Jesus carved on mesquite wood, is put on a carriage for the 6.5-kilometer procession. A sea of devotees can be seen joining this procession, with almost no space left on the road just to wave their white handkerchiefs as the iconic statue passes them.
Need to Know
Millions of devotees join this procession every year, and it was even reported that 10 million people joined at one time. The route starts from Rizal Park and ends at the Quiapo Church or the Basilica of the Black Nazarene.
Did you Know
Devotees believe that the Black Nazarene possesses miraculous powers, healing sicknesses and granting wishes. This is why they brave the crowds, some even hurling themselves on top of the other attendees for that chance to get close and personally touch the statue.
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