San Juan Festivites
In the Peruvian Amazon cities of Iquitos in Loreto, Ucayali Pucallpa, Tarapoto, Juanjui, Rioja, Moyobamba in San Martin, Tingo Maria and Aucayacu in the province of Leoncio Prado, Puerto Maldonado.
The feast of San Juan is celebrated on 24 June each year.
On the night of 23, men and women flock to the rivers to purify themselves to this bath is called "blessed bath", as it is believed that at that time San Juan blesses watercourses and who bathe in them will have happy and healthy throughout the year. The day 24 people move into the district of San Juan, where he celebrated a Mass and a procession which is accompanied by typical band with drums, drums and flutes. The dish of the day is the "juane" made with rice, chicken, eggs and olives wrapped in banana leaves. During Tourism Week Iquitos are organized dances, parades typical sets, photographic competitions and a craft fair.
The ancient Celts called Alban Heruin this festival and its main significance was to celebrate the moment when the sun was at its peak. Really solstice night is June 21 while the Church has adapted to the festival of San Juan on 24 June.
The religious festival of San Juan came to the Peruvian jungle with the Spanish conquerors and the match date of Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun, was fed elements and pre-Hispanic rituals, becoming a popular celebration, fusion of the native and the foreign .
This symbolizes the purification of water and joy for the gifts of nature. These are days of reflection, but also of revelry and merriment that inspire feelings of brotherhood and unity between the sons of the forest.
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