Barefoot devotees swarmed around the Black Nazarene last Thursday, in an event known as ‘Traslacion’ of the Black Nazarene. The Traslacion of the Black Nazarene commemorates the ‘solemn transfer’ of the image from San Nicolas de Tolentino in Intramuros to Quiapo.
As per tradition, the Black Nazarene leaves the Minor Basilica a day or two prior the annual procession. Moreover, the procession begins after a solemn Midnight Mass at the Quirino Grandstand. The procession ends in Quiapo, depending on how long the image has travelled. Devotees wear maroon and yellow and walk barefoot as a form of penance and as a mimicry of Christ’s walk to Golgotha.
According to Reuters, the “centuries-old black wooden statue of Jesus Christ believed to have healing powers, praying for good health and economic success in the new year.”
Moreover, in an article by Philippine Star, it was said that “scores of the barefoot faithful pass out and suffer cuts or bruises in the crush around the statue, and in previous years believers have died in Catholic majority Philippines.”
Photo by AFP/Ted Aljibe.