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Each January 20 the small town of Caraz, Huaylas near Huaraz in Ancash celebrates the town’s patron saint, the Virgin of Chiquinquirá, a title for the Virgin Mary in South America which derives from a portrait of Mary made in the small Colombian town of Chiquinquirá on a rustic piece of cotton cloth which miraculously recovered its colors and...
Even though people had been living in the area for thousands of years and developed the countryside into a green oasis with extensive fields and fruit plantations, Lima celebrates its birthday on January 18, the day the Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro founded the colonial city in 1535.
Each year around August 5, the citizens of Motupe, a small town about 80 km (50 miles) north of Chiclayo in the Lambayeque region, and worshippers from across the country pay homage to the Cross of Chalpon with a large pilgrimage festival.
Also known as Festival del Sol de Chanka (Chanka Sun Festival) or the Chanka Epic, the Sondor Raymi Festival in Andahuaylas in the region of Apurimac is an reenactment of the origins of the Chanka people, an ethic group inhabiting the area between 1200 and about 1400.
To celebrate the anniversary of the province of Padre Abad in the Ucayali region, a dance festival takes place in Ucayali with different ethnic groups and traditional dancers from this Amazon rain forest region.
Around the globe the Christian community celebrates Corpus Christi 9 weeks after Easter. In Cusco, the Corpus Christi celebration is probably the most important religious happening of the year; a really colorful and traditional affair with folkloric dance groups and music bands.
In Puno the Festival of the Crosses and the Alasitas Fair are inseparably linked. While the main day is May 3 for both events, the fair, which has its origin in the indigenous Aymara culture, actually lasts 8 to 10 days.