On Monday, January 9, thousands of devotees thronged the streets of Manila to once again take part in the traslacion procession where the image of the Black Nazarene is brought back to its home in Quiapo Church. The Traslacion, literally “moving something from one place to the other” in Spanish, is the culmination of the Feast of the Black Nazarene that begins during the last days of December.
The time-honored tradition, an impressive spectacle of human mass (imagine the stench and sweat!) with many intent on getting close to the revered image, is a testimony to the Filipino’s strong sense of sincere, sometimes fanatical, sense of piety.
It may as well be proof of how faith continues to play an important role in uniting Filipinos no matter how diverse each devotees’ economic background even social or political persuasions may be.
But whether one participates in this annual religious exercise for gratitude to an answered prayer, to make a plea for a miracle, or simply to engage in one of the world’s most written about rites, there is no denying that each year, the Traslacion truly leaves an enduring impression on its participants and even among the mere witnesses.
Meanwhile, we leave you with a few more scenes from this year’s Traslacion: