- Posted January 9, 2014 by
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Feast of the Black Nazarene
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
An estimated 12 million devotees and tourists joined the annual "translacion" or the procession of the Black Nazarene. The event started earlier than expected when devotees stormed the Luneta Grandstand even if the mass hadn't finished yet. It took 30 minutes to get the image of the Black Nazarene to the "andas" or carriage.
The annual Feast of the Black Nazarene commemorates the "translacion" or the moving of the image solemnly to the minor basilica.
Devotees are determined to touch, wipe and hold the image of the Black Nazarene because of their deep belief and devotion to the image. Even if the devotees are used to crossing the old route, they followed the new, prescribed route in the end. Like most of the incidents in the past years, there were a number of incidents of suffocation, minor injuries, cuts and bruises--a far cry from what should be a solemn, holy event.
The Black Nazarene arrived in Quiapo Church past 2AM (approximately 18 hours procession).