Traslacion 2021 was cancelled due to pandemic, according to Manila City government
The Manila City government on Friday officially announced on Facebook that the Traslacion 2021 was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.
This, as the grand procession of the life-sized image of the Black Nazarene annually held every January in Manila.
The Feast of the Black Nazarene — popularly known as “Traslacion” — was one of the biggest religious events in the country.
Philnews.ph reported that the said event was being held every January of the year and usually lasted up to 20 hours.
Millions of devotees participated in the grand procession from the Minor Basilica in Intramuros heading to Quiapo Church every year.
Filipino devotees were attending the said event in order for them to show their faith and devotion. Usually, devotees wiped their handkerchiefs and also kissed the statue with the aim to witness a miracle.
The annual procession of the wooden statue of Jesus Christ had already been a part of Filipino culture and tradition throughout the decades.
In a post on Manila PIO Facebook page, the Manila City government had announced on Friday that the grand procession of the life-sized image of the Black Nazarene on January 2021 had been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines was already at 363,888 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,664 new COVID-19 infections as of 4:00 p.m. of October 22, 2020.
In order to prevent further transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the government had prohibited large gatherings including parties.