Thousands of devotees flocked to Manila since 8:30 a.m. Saturday to join a day-long procession of the Black Nazarene, an annual religious event that draws Christian believers to the miraculous image of Jesus Christ.
The Black Nazarene image continues to draw devotees from around the country to join a day-long procession around predetermined routes in the City of Manila. The procession coincides with the Feast of Black Nazarene, an annual fiesta celebration in Manila.
The Black Nazarene is a life-sized, dark-colored, wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ held to be miraculous by many people, especially its Filipino devotees. Its original carver is an anonymous Mexican carpenter, and the image was transported by galleon from Mexico.
The image is currently enshrined in the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila, Philippines where novena celebrations are held every Friday throughout the whole year. Roman Catholic tradition holds that the Black Nazarene came from a boat that caught fire, turning it from its original white into black or charred complexion. The Black Nazarene is carried into the streets for procession in a "Caroza" or carriage.