Jan 9, 2023

The life-sized wooden carving of Jesus walking towards his crucifixion is—along with the Santo Niño de Cebú—one of the most revered objects in the Philippines. It was carved in Mexico and brought to the Philippines in 1606. The Traslación (“transfer”) is a re-enactment of the moving of the statue in 1787 from Intramuros (the historic part of Manila) to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene where it resides today. Each year over 12 million devotees scramble to touch the image of Jesus as it is carried through the streets of Manila in a procession that can last up to 20 hours.

The procession takes places on 9 January every year and begins at Quirino Grandstand around 5:30am (the Black Nazarene having been moved there beforehand) and makes it way back to Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (often called Quiapo Church) late at night on the day or in the early hours of the following morning. Devotees walk barefoot in penance to the walk that Jesus himself made.

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