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Advent starts with Manila's Grand Marian Procession December 03, 2018

Every year, more than a hundred images of the Blessed Virgin Mary are paraded around the old city of Manila in the "Grand Marian Procession" ahead of the "Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception" celebration on Dec. 8.

The procession of beautifully and elaborately-adorned carriages bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin Mary starts at four o'clock in the afternoon in front of Manila Cathedral and slowly winds its way through the streets of the Walled City.

Held every first Sunday of December, thousands of Marian devotees, holding lighted candles and rosaries, take part in the religious procession, which is considered to be the largest and grandest of its kind in the country.

Photos by Maria Tan.

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