The Black Nazarene or Poong Itim Na Nazareno
is a life-size, dark-skinned image
of a kneeling Jesus Christ carrying the Cross
who is enshrined in the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene
in Quiapo, Manila, Philippines since 1787.
It arrived in the Philippines from Mexico in 1606.
It is considered by many Catholics to be miraculous,
curing diseases by a mere touch.
Every year on January 9,
a procession is done, where millions of devotees joining,
re-enacting the transfer or translacion of the image
from its original shrine in Intramuros
to the its present shrine in Quiapo Church.
Devotees joining the procession
have always been advised to be extra careful
not to be trampled on,
and to make sure they have enough strength
to overcome heat, exhaustion or fatigue
since it takes hours and hours from beginning to end.
The Black Nazarene depicts the passion and suffering of Christ
which many Catholics relate to their own hardship and struggle.
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