Feast of the Black Nazarene

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Quiapo Church
Every January 9 of each year is the Feast of the Image of the Black Nazarene. The center of the celebration is of course Quiapo Church in Manila City. This festival is perhaps the most popular festival in Metro Manila. According to newspaper reports, around 2 million people attended yesterday's celebration, the largest to date.

The Catholic Church in Quiapo is of course the home of the black image of the suffering Christ. The Quiapo Church is also called the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene. Here are some of the photos of the "Pista ng Poong Nazareno".

Feast of the Black Nazarene
Quezon Avenue is filled with devotees, kibitzers, and media people.

image of the Black Nazarene Festival
Devotees have been waiting for many hours for the carriage to pass by.

Images of the Black Nazarene Festival
Finally the carriage bearing the real (original) image is making headway inch by inch.

Procession of the Black Nazarene
There is pushing and shoving to touch the rope (lubid) that is connected to the carriage. Devotees believe that by just touching the rope, their prayers would be answered. Hence by all means sinisiguro nila na mahipo man lang iyong lubid kahit minsan isang taon. Iyon ang kanilang "panata" which I would translate as "covenant".

images of the Black Nazarene Festival
This boy wants to touch the image with a white handkerchief. Well, would you literally step on others head and shoulders just to get what you want?

images of the Black Nazarene Festival
Tired but with faith renewed?

Images of the celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene
What does it feel to sit on the throne? and to have women as your disciples?

Images of the Black Nazarene Festival
Business as usual. Make money while there is opportunity.


Mga Epal January 12, 2010 at 5:33 PM  

If only the Black Nazarene had a blog...

...hit count would be in a very generous number.

Look at all those "deboto" jousting for position. Now they're the real fan!

glentot January 13, 2010 at 5:50 AM  

Grabe ang daming tao... parang hindi ko kaya..

Rej January 13, 2010 at 11:42 AM  

natawa ko sa last pic. Paraparaan. Hehe!

Mangyan Adventurer January 16, 2010 at 12:20 AM  

Buti na lang hindi ako nagtry...

Ang daming tao at talagang hindi ko kakayanin....

Misalyn January 19, 2010 at 5:15 PM  

Sobrang dami ng tao. Naalala ko noong college days, kapag feast of the black NAzarene, ang hirap umuwi sa Sampaloc. Sobrang traffic. Natawa ako sa second to the last picture. Talaga bang pwede yang ganyan? Hindi kasi ako Catholic.

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