One of the biggest cultural and artistic representations of Peru, takes place in the city...
of Puno in the month of February and dates back from the times of the viceroyalty of Peru. This holiday is in honor of the Virgin of Candelaria where there is a manifestation of the Quechua, Aymara and mestizo cultures of Peru, becoming Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2014.
The feast of the Virgin of Candelaria in Punolasts 18 days and are presented more than 200 dances, these days men and women of all ages come together to perform dances to the Virgin, and to thank her for the benefits and miracles.
Group of dancers from Lima taking part of the festivity
All dancers prepared themselves for the Folk Dance Competition. At all times it is heard on the streets of Puno the most varied rhythms, performed by artists who are beginning to circulate before the big party. In this event like no other, the whole city is united in joy and in a sea of colors, mysticism and art, congregating about seventy bands, some made up of 300 people, including musicians and dancers.
In the first ray of sunlight, "The Gang" (name who performed the ceremony of the hill), descend dancing towards San Juan Bautista church, where the sanctuary of the Virgin is located and where the mass will take place. In the afternoon, the traditional blessing ritual and costume change in the church, the faithful people arrive and will give a new suit to the Virgin.
The celebration is an expression of tremendous religious fervor of the people of Puno and represents the harmonious coexistence of Quechua and Aymara traditions in Puno Live it!! Will be a fascinating experience.
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