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Feast of the Virgin of Carmen

Virgen del Carmen (Foto: Walter Coraza Morveli)

As it is well known, the fiesta of the Virgen del Carmen is very popular, especially in Paucartambo, which was declared a Cultural Patrimony of the Nation. That image of the Virgin was crowned by Pope John Paul II during his visit to Cusco in 1985.

This fest is celebrated from July 15 to 18 of each year. Days before, all the people who want to attend these feasts must organize their entire itinerary such as transportation and lodging, which is very difficult to obtain for these dates.

Several comparsas (troupes) of typical dances of the region prepare themselves arduously to accompany the Mamacha del Carmen in her processional journey through the Town of Paucartambo. These include traditional dances such as Qhapaq Colla, Qhapaq Negro, Majeño, Siclla, Kachampa, Saqra, etc. Each one plays a very important role in this festivity and its meaning gives it a very important value in history.

But not only is it celebrated in Paucartambo, in Cusco several public and private institutions organize this celebration, although smaller. As usual, fireworks from different places are shot off in the morning. Then one quickly realizes that a celebration is beginning.

Typical dances and bands of musicians get closer to a large crowd of people to the Plaza Mayor of Cusco. You can see how the image of the Virgen del Carmen approaches in procession.

Then all the devotees of the Virgin of Carmen celebrate their days in the best way they can without losing faith and devotion to this miraculous virgin.

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