Holy week is an extremely important event throughout Peru and people flock from far and wide to view the spectacular events which occur throughout this month. ”Semana Santa” is one of the most eventful festivals in Peru.
In Arequipa, massive religious ceremonies take place throughout the entire city along with processions and spiritual reclusion. Horse races, competitions, street paintings, candlelit processions awash with hooded, purple-clocked figures and floral carpets are only a handful of the spectacles you will encounter. Furthermore, it is not unusual to see people dressed in mourning clothes.
Events begin on Palm Sunday at midday with a re-enactment of the laying of the palms through the crowd. The Saturday of Easter weekend is marked by a series of intriguing Indian rituals and will give the chance to discover some of Peru´s arts and crafts. Furthermore, Indian handicrafts, textiles and traditional food are also available to try throughout the day.
On the morning of Easter Sunday, effigies of Judas are burnt in different locations in the sky. The final Easter procession is not to be missed and will prove to be an unforgettable experience. The cavalcade draws to a halt outside the cathedral for a climax of the breaking of dawn, the burning of the palms and the canticles sung by the crowds.
“Semanta Santa en Lima” by Walter Silvera: PROMPERÚ