LOOK: Scenes from Traslacion 2019

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Throngs of people push forward for a chance to touch or wipe their towels on the Black Nazarene. Photo by JILSON TIU

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — On Wednesday morning, hundreds of thousands of devotees waited all over Manila in anticipation of the annual Traslacion — a procession to move the Black Nazarene from Intramuros to Quiapo.

During this procession, swaths of people rush to the carriage whereupon the statue is placed in an attempt to touch or wipe a towel on the image. To successfully do so is said to bring good luck and healing to yourself and your loved ones.

As with previous years, this year’s Traslacion began with a morning prayer at the Quirino Grandstand. Following the prayer, the carriage, or “andas,” took off at 5:08 a.m, marking the beginning of a day-long traverse.

Here are photos from the day.

Traslacion 2019 Jilson Tiu-2.jpg Children clean a replica statue as devotees make their way to the Quirino Grandstand for the start of the annual procession. Photo by JILSON TIU

Traslacion 2019 Jilson Tiu-11.jpg As the carriage, or “andas,” starts to move, thousands of devotees at the Grandstand raise their arms up in praise. Photo by JILSON TIU

Traslacion 2019 Jilson Tiu-16.jpg The Black Nazarene left the Quirino Grandstand at 5:08 a.m., marking the start of a day-long procession to transfer the idol to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church). Photo by JILSON TIU

Traslacion 2019 Jilson Tiu-23.jpg Replicas from devotee chapters and personal collections join the procession. Photo by JILSON TIU

Traslacion 2019 Jilson Tiu-36.jpg A man holds his baby nephew as he awaits the arrival of the “andas” at their spot. Photo by JILSON TIU

Traslacion 2019 Jilson Tiu-39.jpg According to the Manila Police Department (MPD), 7,000 police personnel were deployed along the procession route. Photo by JILSON TIU

Traslacion 2019 Jilson Tiu-46.jpg A nun spreads incense at a prayer station filled with resting devotees. Photo by JILSON TIU

Traslacion 2019 Jilson Tiu-74.jpg Throngs of people push forward for a chance to touch or wipe their towels on the Black Nazarene. Photo by JILSON TIU

Traslacion 2019 Jilson Tiu-68.jpg Church officials estimated that over five million devotees will join this year’s procession. Photo by JILSON TIU

Traslacion 2019 Jilson Tiu-72.jpg As of 1 p.m., over 700 devotees has already sought medical assistance during the procession, as reported by the Philippine Red Cross. Photo by JILSON TIU

Traslacion 2019 Jilson Tiu-56.jpg Rescue volunteers take an injured devotee away from the crowd on a stretcher. Photo by JILSON TIU

Traslacion 2019 Jilson Tiu-67.jpg As of 11 a.m., the MPD estimated a total of 240,000 devotees approaching Jones Bridge. The “andas” crossed Jones Bridge by 11:30 a.m. Photo by JILSON TIU

Traslacion 2019 Jilson Tiu-70.jpg After crossing Jones Bridge, the procession makes its way towards Binondo, where it will turn right at Dasmarinas St. Photo by JILSON TIU

Traslacion 2019 Jilson Tiu-76.jpg Devotees have lunch on the sidewalk near Santa Cruz Church. Photo by JILSON TIU

Traslacion 2019 Jilson Tiu-78.jpg A group of men tie their blessed towels together in a loop. Photo by JILSON TIU

Traslacion 2019 Jilson Tiu-83.jpg Many children were present at the procession — some even as young as a few months old. Photo by JILSON TIU

Traslacion 2019 Jilson Tiu-79.jpg Coming into contact with the Black Nazarene, whether with your own hands or through a towel wiped over the image, is said to usher in good luck, good health, and healing. Photo by JILSON TIU

Traslacion 2019 Jilson Tiu-82.jpg Devotees also request for their towels to be wiped and blessed on replicas. Photo by JILSON TIU