San Juan Marks Feast With Prayer

San Juan City on Wednesday marked the feast of Saint John the Baptist without dousing revelers and commuters with water to observe COVID-19 restrictions.

Instead, city officials paraded an image of Jesus Christ’s cousin on board a truck decorated with flowers. Mayor Francis Zamora said witnessing the procession should be considered a blessing in lieu of getting wet.

Past editions of the “Wattah Wattah” festival were marked with street parties, water guns, water bombs, and cold showers from fire trucks.

For 17 years, the festival has been a tradition for San Juan residents, celebrating the birthday of St. John the Baptist who baptized Jesus Christ.

Under general community quarantine guidelines, mass gatherings are still prohibited. Last Tuesday, Zamora urged residents to celebrate the feast inside their homes and observe physical distancing.

Only 10 individuals were allowed to attend the mass at the St John the Baptist church.

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