Holy Week in Ayacucho
This festival takes place in the city of Huamanga in Ayacucho region.
Easter in Ayacucho is between the second half of March to the first week of April, the date changes.
Holy Week in Ayacucho is one of the most significant religious festivals nationally and worldwide, characterized by maintaining its own uniqueness and performing its predilection with deep religious fervor that makes it unique and different.
This holiday season the local people live a pilgrimage of devotion and Catholic faith, incarnate in the passages of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Currently, the festival begins on Palm Sunday, very early, with a blessing of flowers and palms that lead children to accompany the image of Christ on a donkey. Then the people gather in the Plaza de Armas to witness the entrance of the hut or straw, which is burned in the fires of Glory Saturday.
At about the same time, from church of Santa Teresa, the image of Christ on a donkey leaves in procession, accompanied by a vivid representation of the twelve apostles.
Holy Week in Ayacucho is characterized by the active participation of the people, giving the feeling of experiencing a collective drama in which the population is one of the characters.
The Spanish conquistadors brought clergy and missionaries to Peru’s lifestyle, and with it came his religious culture and moral teaching on human love. Among them, the religious holiday of Easter was gradually introduced during the process of evangelization in the historical period of the colony.
Once Huamanga was founded in what was the seat of the Holy Week Pucara played a very important role in the incorporation of indigenous religion and the Catholic Church. Although initially this religious holiday should conform to Indian tradition, was gradually welcomed by them.
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