The Festival of Candelaria in Puno “Every February"
Cost of trip US$ 210.00 per person
Program 2D/1N The Festival of Candelaria Puno.- The Festivity of the Candelaria Virgin, it is the most spectacular and attractive of the region, for their admirable Hispanic-aborigine conjunction, and for the religious, cultural and folkloric magnificence, but not alone for Peru, for all America and the world.The festivity of celebration to the Virgin for the Catholic church, is the purification of María virgin; forty days after the Christmas. It is history that the Hebrew law forced all woman that gave to light to be confined by forty days and nights. In the festivity that celebrates the church, solemn procession was made with candles bandages (of there the name of the candelaria).
In Puno the devotion for the Virgin is carried out in two stages: THE MAIN FESTIVITY, 2th of February and the EIGHTH OF THE VIRGIN, every second Sunday of the same month. Annually it is developed this way: At first hours of the night of 1st of February; the festivity begins with the eve to the Virgin, with a serenade in charge of the faithful and devote that it culminates with it burns of artificial fires in the atrium of the Church San Juan.
The Main Festivity It's carried every 2th February for every year, in this occasion the population of the Quechua and Aymara communities from the far away points travel to the city of Puno; to surrender their homage and devotion to the Virgin.The day it begins with the competition of autochthonous dances; they are half hundred of processions they carry out their folkloric demonstration in the Stadium Enrique Torres Belon.
A great variety of vernacular dances that it distinguish for its liturgical character, makes its presentation dancing to the compass of the languid music and sometimes melancholic executed with traditional instruments of wind and percussion. Most of these dances are conserved by the tradition through the time they have arrived until our days, as choreographic expressions of the field, as symbols of the aborigine's religious beliefs. In all they are an expression of the myth. They translate the agrarian expression, the pastoral one or the totémica. The most representative dances that are appreciated in the competition are: Ayarachi, K´ajelo and Carnivalesque Dances.
The Procession.- Past the half-day of 2th February comes out in procession for the streets of Puno, the image of the Candelaria Virgin. it receives it and accompany a multitude of faithful; continued by many processions of dancers that jubilantly dance to the rhythm of the melody of their musicians who they emit to the air the most beautiful musical notes in the zampoñas, quenas, flutes, drummers and charangos with enough faith and devotion.A wave of quechua and aymaras voices invade the city of Puno to surrender the devotion and adoration act to the Virgin.
The Eighth of the Candelaria Virgin Eighth Eve.- Almost culminating the evening begins the eve of the eighth with the entrance of waxes for all the parishioners and devote, parallelly it's carried out the entrance of Q'apos (05:30 p.m.) that comes to be bushes brought especially for this end to beast loin to begin the ritual with it burns it of the firewood. Continuing with the serenade to the Virgin with it burns it of artificial fires and the presence of processions coming from the urban area of Puno.
Sunday next after 2th February.- The festivity of the eighth of the Virgin begins; with the competition of dances with suits of lights; denominated this way for the magnificence and color of their suits adorned with radiant spangles.These dances are characterized by the Hispanic influence that have their origin in the time of the colony, some of these dances generally symbolize the works in the mines of the colonial time, some cases a fair re
The Competition.- At early hours of the day indicated more than sixty groups of different categories gives beginning to the competition. The Stadium Enrique Torres Belón again it's decked out by an impressive coloring mark of dancers and musicians that chime his more sophisticated musical instruments dancing to the air his cheerful melodies that drive the rhythm and the grace of the dancers, all the processions they demonstrate in the best way his ability in the dance and the creative capacity in the choreographic formations The showiest and traditional dances for their agile synchronized movements are: diablada, tuntuna, the caporales, and for the magnificence of their suits and masks are: brown kings, morenada, kings old, waca-waca, llamerada, kulluguada, callaguaya, and others of showy suits.
The Procession.- Past the half-day, the main streets of Puno again are decked out with the procession of the Virgin accompanied with a multitude of faithful, worshipped by their authorities and the concurrent public.The procession is continued by diverse groups that dance by devotion to the Virgin, and it's prolonged until high hours of the night. The coloring, rhythm, syncronism, grace and happiness, there are an everything in honor to the Candelaria Virgin
Folk Parade: After the competition and adoration; continuous the celebration. In this opportunity is carried out the Great Folkloric festivity for the main streets of the city: in this occasion the diverse processions aligned in queue, they dance with enough faith and devotion, to the rhythm of the music that execute the musicians. It is a spectacular festivity, with an impressive coloring and shade that covers with carpet of dances and there cover through the streets. The all groups are presented in the festivity in certain order, and it's prolonged until high hours of the night. The most representative dance of lights is the DIABLADA that symbolizes the devil's dance brought by the rich miners, dance that expresses the spirit of the wrong, represented by the demon saturated paradoxically of religiosity he leans before the Virgin. The characters of the diablada are: leaders, old, china diablas, devils, skeletons, etc. The great caporal's mask this adorned of horns, giant eyes of lamp, thick lips of reptile, pointed teeth of mirror, bat ear, batrachians, saurian and the symbolization of the seven sins capitals. This celebration constitutes the maximum expression of religiosity and the solemnity of the Catholic population: It culminates with the traditional "cacharparis" (farewells) that are initiate to half week until the end of the same one
Includes: Private transport , English Speaking guide , Entrances fees ,Lunch and 01 Night at Hotel El Buho.