History post: What is the backstory behind ‘dungaw’ tradition during Traslacion?

History post: What is the backstory behind ‘dungaw’ tradition during Traslacion?

- “Dungaw” happens during the procession of the Black Nazarene

- Fr. Rommel Rubia explained the history behind the practice of “dungaw”

- He said that the tradition came from the Spaniards

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Every January 9, the Catholic church celebrates the feast of the Black Nazarene. It became a tradition of thousands of devotees to participate during the procession of the Black Nazarene or the “Traslacion” just to get close, touch, or kiss the miraculous image of the Black Nazarene.

Every now and then, the Traslacion starts from the Quirino Grandstand then the image is returned to Quiapo church which usually lasts for 20 hours. During Traslacion, it has also became a tradition to do the “dungaw”, when the Black Nazarene passes by Plaza del Carmen and gazes at the image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian.

KAMI learned that “dungaw” is a tradition that Philippines got from the Spaniards.

"This is the practice na kung may procession na dadaan at mayroon kang processional image na hindi kasama sa procession, idinudungaw mo sa bintana," said Fr. Rommel Rubia as reported by ABS-CBN News.

"That is the only time na walang nagtatapon ng bimpo, walang nagtatapon ng puting handkerchief, that's the only time na walang umaakyat doon sa Poong Nazareno," he added.

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During the “dungaw”, devotees have a moment of silence to solemnly pray. After few minutes, the procession going to Quiapo church will continue. According to the devotees, nothing can compare to the peace and happiness they felt during the “dungaw”.

As previously reported by KAMI, more than a million devotees flocked during the procession. However, hundreds needed medical assistance. Many experienced difficulty of breathing, laceration, dizziness, and fainting.

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Source: Kami.com.ph

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