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The Candelaria’s Virgin celebration, Puno

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The Candelaria’s Virgin celebration, Puno

The Candelaria’s Virgin celebration, Patron saint of Puno, takes place during the first 15 days of February, every year.


It is the biggest cultural celebration with musics and dances from Peru, and one of the biggest religious celebration in South America. During this period, there are a lot of Quechua’s celebrations, as well as the celebration of the Altiplano’s culture, and involves thousands of people.
During the dances processions, we can see more than 150 dance groups from Puno’s region. The dancers are around 40 000 and there are 5 000 musicians, more the 25 000 persons that help to organize the celebrations (costumes, shoes, crafts..). Puno Virgen de la candelaria AlferadosOn the 2th of Decembre of 2003, the National Culture institute of Peru listed this celebration as Peru’s Cultural Heritage.

The Virgen de la Candelaria finds its origins in the ancient call to Pacha Mama (Mother earth), and to Uncle Supay (The Evil). This is one of the most important rituals in America.
Clic here to show the 2013’s dance contest winners.

Cliquer ici pour voir les vainqueurs 2013 du concours de danse .

Costumes Virgen de la Candelaria Puno

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