The festivities in the Peruvian highlands are a sight to see, both by different dancers who participate in them, and by the richness of the litter of Saints and Virgins taking off in procession. With centuries of tradition, the festivities are visited by people from various American countries such as Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador, who are fervent believers of them. They are many and varied and, worth noting, the mix and Andean religious festivals are a great example of the cultural richness of the country. The festivities include dances, food, drink, processions and rituals that impress with the excitement and jubilation that spread its participants.
Festivities & Events in Peru
The big celebration of the Virgen de la Candelaria also known as La Mamacha Candelaria is 18 days party and in which there are more than 200 dances. This Virgin is associated with the Pachamama, Lake Titicaca and symbolizes purity and fertility.
Easter is a memorial center in the Catholic world as it recalls the death and resurrection of Christ. In Cusco, this celebration is associated with the Lord of the Earthquakes, protector of the city.
On June 24 of every year is celebrated throughout the Peruvian Amazon the feast of San Juan Bautista patron of this region, which has a symbolic feast, for the importance of water means life element in the entire Amazon.
Since 1650 when, according to devotees, a painting of Christ of the Good Luck stopped a strong earthquake that remecía Cusco, villagers will worship the image of the "Taitacha Tremors".
The party starts on the day of the Holy Trinity, when over 10,000 pilgrims climb to the limit of perpetual snow. It reaches minimum temperatures of -4 ° C. The road is accompanied by a procession, fireworks and the symbolic market of "Alacitas".
The "Inti Raymi" or "Sun Festival" was the biggest festivity, most important, spectacular and magnificent conducted in the days of the Empire of Tawantinsuyu which based its religion on the cult of the Sun.
Holy Week in Ayacucho is one of the most significant religious festivals nationally and worldwide, it is characterized by maintaining its own uniqueness and performing its predilection with deep religious fervor that makes it unique and different.
Fifteen saints and virgins from various districts come in procession to the cathedral to "greet" the body of Christ, that is, to the consecrated host, which is kept in the custody fabulous solid gold of 26 kilograms and 1.20 meters high.
For five days, different dances perform with different costumes, Doctorcitos, Waca Waca, Sajras, who march in procession accompanying the "Mamacha" throughout her tour of the Plaza de Armas, the temple courtyard and the streets.