Jan 8, 2011

Feast of the Black Nazarene

January 9 is the day where Filipinos celebrate the Feast of the Black Nazarene.
The Black Nazarene is carried into the streets for procession in a carroza or carriage. The estimated millions of devotees wear the color maroon, associated with the image, and go barefoot in imitation of Jesus on his way to Mount Calvary. Traditionally, men are the only ones permitted to hold the ropes pulling the image's carriage, but in recent years female devotees also participate in the procession. People who have touched the Black Nazarene are reported to have been cured of their diseases, and Catholics come from all over Manila to touch the image in the hopes of a miracle. Towels or handkerchiefs are hurled to the marshals guarding the Black Nazarene with requests to wipe these on the statue in hopes of the miraculous powers attributed to it "rubbing off" on the cloth articles. Wikipedia.