Peru is well known for its catholic fervor and its festivities and the Holy Week is one of its most important holidays. It’s a time to be part of the different activities that take place and make tourism in the areas you go to be part of the joy of the Andean communities.
Each city has a very special way to celebrate that mixes joy with the religious fervor of Peruvians and foreigners who come from all over the country (and sometime from abroad) to be part of the celebration.
Ayacucho, is known as one of the most important cities of Easter celebration because of the special activities that take place such as the streets are filled with colorful dances and processions; festivals fill their squares and tourists can take part in human pyramids and various attractions. You can also take a tour to the churches with amazing architectural designs. All these attractions make Ayacucho a must-see site at least once in life at this time of the year.
In Cajamarca a donkey is dressed and is walked in a procession to the central church of the community. According to the inhabitants of the place, the donkey is authorized to enter different fields and eat all crops it wants, because there is a belief that the lands are blessed wherever it goes. Cajamarca has many resorts, among them are the churches of Baroque style, located in the historic center.
In Catacaos (Piura), devotees dressed in black as a sign of respect for the death of the Son of God. Several processions take place during Holy Week in the most representative streets of the city of Piura. These dates are also an opportunity to taste the delicious dishes of this warm region.
In Trujillo, capital of the department of La Libertad, the main image is the Lord of Mercy. On Good Friday, the Christ on the cross is showned, attending parishioners to hear the Sermon of the Seven Words of Christ. Twelve people dressed in white remove the nails from crucified Christ and the Virgin Dolorosa is moved into place in a glass case as part of their tradition.
In Lima, it is also a custom to visit the seven churches, the best known of the center. This visit, which is mainly made with family, is historically a tradition of Italy and Spain. Other traditions include the massive attendance to the Mass of Palm Sunday, where every believer takes home an olive branch to commemorate the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, the Sermon on the Three Hours or Seven Words and the Procession of the Holy Sepulcher.
In many cities are made representations of the station of the cross of Jesus as part of their faith. At this time of Easter is propitious to know not only the architectural wealth of the cities and towns to visit, but also its cultural richness. Visit Peru at Holy Week.