Carnival in Peru

Virgin of Candelaria Celebration Puno
Virgin of Candelaria Celebration Puno
February Carnival Month in Peru

February is Carnival month in Peru. I’ve been in Arequipa since the 12th and each day have noticed more and more fun Carnival activities – parades, public entertainment events, and a fantastic Valentine’s Day celebration. Puno, Lake Titicaca, and the Uros Islands are the next stop. Sadly I missed Puno’s Virgen de la Candelaria Festival, one of the most colorful Peruvian Carnivals.

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Virgen de la Candelaria Festival

In Spain, the Virgin of Candelaria celebrates the Virgin Mary – patron saint of the Canary Islands – on the island of Tenerife. In Peru, they celebrate her feast on the shores of Lake Titicaca for eighteen days.

Boats Lake Titicaca
Boats Lake Titicaca

During Carnival at an altitude of 3,870 meters (13,000 ft) above sea level, Puno becomes the Folk Capital of the Americas. Musicians and dancers gather to celebrate and perform.

Carnaval de Arequipa – Wikimedia
Carnival Celebration Arequipa
Carnival Celebration Arequipa

“The Our Lady of Candelaria festival is linked to the pre-Hispanic agricultural cycles of sowing and harvesting, as well as mining activities in the region. It’s the result of a blend of respectful Aymara gaiety and ancestral Quechua seriousness.”

Aymara Family
Aymara Family
Sick in Arequipa

I’m recovering from traveler’s GI issues so everything, including the Colca Canyon trek, is on hold. It’s a bummer. Not sure how much longer recovery will take but Arequipa is as good a place as any to be sick. Hoping to get out and about a bit today. Last night Carnival cannons and fireworks went off well into the night and started up again early this morning.

Candelaria FestivaL Puno – South American Travel Blog

Another interesting celebration that made a big impact during my travels was TET (Lunar New Year) in Viet Nam a few years ago. TET celebrations are now in process throughout the world. In Viet Nam, everything comes to a standstill for TET, and it has a colossal impact on the people. Carnival is South America’s TET!

Siku Mamani Aymara Journalist, Musician, Composer – The Quantum Compass.
Carnival Arequipa
Carnival Arequipa

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