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Jan 4, 2017
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Give your toenails a good trimming.

This was the advice of a Quiapo Church official to those who plan to participate in this year’s Feast of the Black Nazarene.

According to Father Douglas Badong, this is a basic thing to do to prevent injuries during the annual tradition, the Inquirer reports.

“You don’t need to get a pedicure, but just trim your toenails since long toenails can inflict injuries on the devotee or other devotees,” he said.

Weird as the advice seems, it is sound, considering that most of the participants will be barefooted while attempting to climb on other devotees to get closer to the Black Nazarene.

Needless to say, Badong also advised participants to be physically fit for the day-long procession by getting much needed food and rest.

“Once you’re part of the procession it will be hard to go out for a break. Devotees should be sprightly and healthy,” he said.

In last year’s feast, two people died while over 1,200 were left injured after sustaining cuts and bruises from all the jostling. Others experiences dizziness and hypertension during the event.

Here’s what it looked like in 2016:

Currently, church officials are estimating around 18 million participants to flock Manila for the yearly tradition every January.

The Manila government, for its part, has declared January 9 a holiday in response to the event that causes Manila’s streets to be impassable due to the sea of devotees.

 

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