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The annual feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9 is considered one of the most spectacular religious events that takes place in the Philippines. Every year thousands of devotees from all walks of life come to the district of Quiapo to take part in the procession as a way of strengthening their faith or fulfilling their vow to the Lord.

In an attempt to reach the stage where the carriage holding the statue and cross of the Black Nazarene await the start of the procession, many devotees will storm the barricades surrounding it.

The stage is flooded with people until there’s virtually no space in this place…

Once the procession starts, procession participants garbed in maroon tops grab two long ropes and pull it to make the carriage move, while men in yellow shirts mount the carriage to protect the image and cross. Many in the crowd will attempt to touch the image while some throw their handkerchiefs and towels in the air. People who join in the procession walk barefooted as a sign of humility.

It is a spectacular sea of humanity…

You can click your mouse over these images to get the caption/description or follow this link to see the full gallery: Black Nazarene: In The Midst of the Feast

Until next time…