Monday, December 6, 2010

The Grand Mariam Procession 2010

Every first Sunday of December each year, the Grand Marian Festival brings life to the walled city of Intramuros, Manila, Philippines. The Catholic nation truly awaits the coming of this religious procession. The traditional Feast of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated for about four centuries now, evolved into a grand display of variety of images of the Virgin Mary. Pope Paul V introduced the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception to the people and since, grand celebration is held in honor of the Virgin Mary.

During the feast, thousands of devotees take part in the celebration with hundreds of images of the Virgin Mary, as it signifies her day of birth. The Grand Marian Procession starts from the Manila Cathedral and into the streets of the Walled City.

Statues of the Virgin Mary from all over the Philippines gather together in this religious procession making this event unique. Highlight of the festival is to witness the tradition and the devotion of the Catholic nation making this once a year celebration very appealing to the masses.
The procession usually starts in the afternoon at five and progresses for two to three hours.
Thousands of devout Catholics share ardent emotions in joining the celebration, with the history of the Old Manila preserved at every wall of Intramuros.

Carozas carry the images of the Virgin Mary of different titles, from different places in the Philippines, while thousands of Catholic devotees and other spectators flood the streets of Intramuros in awe during the grand celebration.


Thank You so much Jonathan Manlapas for always inviting me to this fabulous event... 2 years in a row na ako nag pupunta, never nakasama si mama as what i promise to her isasama ko sya sa GRAND MARIAN, but for sure mom is happy to see me attending this kind of events.

See yah next year

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