Puno – The Candelaria Celebration

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As a tribute to the Candelaria Virgin, Puno celebrates each year the biggest celebration in Peru. This festivity reflects the harmony between the catholic faith and the Andean religiousness, tying up the celebration of the virgin to the one to the pachamama or “mother earth”, which is related to the agricultural pre hispanic cycles of sow and harvest.

The festivity starts the first week of February and congregates over 40 thousand dancers and 9 thousand musicians that in their majority come from different parts of the Puno department: who light up and adorn the streets of Puno.

On the main day, over 50 thousand visitors from all over the world arrive to this part of the planet to celebrate the Virgen de la Candelaria celebration and with it bands of musicians and restless dancers parade along a colorful procession around the city and its stone cobbled streets.