- Posted January 10, 2013 by
City of Manila
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Feast of Black Nazarene 2013
The Traslación every 9 January is notorious for the casualties that result from the jostling and congestion of the crowds engaged in pulling the carriage. The injuries and even deaths of devotees are brought upon by one or a combination of heat, fatigue, or being trampled upon by other devotees. The image is also brought out on two other occasions, namely New Year's Day and Good Friday, the latter being markedly solemn and silent in contrast to the celebration found during the January 9 procession. The 2012 Traslación is the longest in the image's recorded history as it ended after 22 hours later, arriving at Plaza Miranda at around 05:15 GMT+8 on 10 January. The procession was protracted since the wheels of the Ándas broke early on when it passed by Manila Hotel, and the rope broke near the Liwasang Bonifacio. There were also reports of devotees diverting the image from its intended path to supposedly bring good luck to establishments off the traditional route.