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Brazil: Tens of thousands gather for 'Our Lady of Nazareth' Catholic festival in Belem03:11

Brazil: Tens of thousands gather for 'Our Lady of Nazareth' Catholic festival in Belem

Brazil, Belem
October 10, 2022 at 14:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

Tens of thousands of devotees attended the procession of Our Lady of Nazareth (Cirio de Nazare) in Belem, the capital of the Brazilian state of Para, on Sunday.

After the traditional mass, a wooden image of Our Lady of Nazareth was carried from Se Cathedral to Sanctuary Square. The parade started after 7:00 local time (10:00 GMT) and came to its end in front of the Basilica at 11.00 (14:00 GMT).

Devotees from all over Brazil joined the procession after two years of hiatus due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

"For me it's an inexplicable experience, because it's my first year I've been here, and every year I watched it on TV and asked Our Lady Of Nazareth that she could bless me," said one of the devotees.

The Our Lady of Nazareth festival celebrated on the second Sunday of October is one of the world’s largest religious gatherings. It was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2013.

Brazil: Tens of thousands gather for 'Our Lady of Nazareth' Catholic festival in Belem03:11
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Tens of thousands of devotees attended the procession of Our Lady of Nazareth (Cirio de Nazare) in Belem, the capital of the Brazilian state of Para, on Sunday.

After the traditional mass, a wooden image of Our Lady of Nazareth was carried from Se Cathedral to Sanctuary Square. The parade started after 7:00 local time (10:00 GMT) and came to its end in front of the Basilica at 11.00 (14:00 GMT).

Devotees from all over Brazil joined the procession after two years of hiatus due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

"For me it's an inexplicable experience, because it's my first year I've been here, and every year I watched it on TV and asked Our Lady Of Nazareth that she could bless me," said one of the devotees.

The Our Lady of Nazareth festival celebrated on the second Sunday of October is one of the world’s largest religious gatherings. It was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2013.