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Images from the Celebration of the Virgin Asunta

The Sun Musician

 

This is a festivity carried out in the rural zones of the Cusco region. It draws many devotees from different parts of the country who venerate with intense faith, the Virgin Asunta year after year (The Virgin Asunta is the Virgin of the Assumption)

Thoughts of the Virgin Asunta rapidly take me to remember the towns of Calca and Coya which are place where the feast is strong and popular. My memories focus on a variety of breathtaking colors. I hear the music of the bands filling the air with noise, I see smiles and joy in the people who live these fascinating traditions to the measure of the many dance troupes.

Each year the fiesta lasts for five days, from the 14th to the 18th of August. It is filled with pomp and joy in the company of a living culture that is passed from generation to generation The celebration begins with a serenata and on the central day a procession of the Virgin and dance troupes, followed on the final day by a saying goodbye to the feast for another year. They are accompanied by much joy and movement among everyone in the town.

Virgin of the Assumption in Calca
Virgin of the Assumption in Calca

This year was my first chance to experience these religious fiestas. Year after year I had heard my friends and family talk of their experiences and tell stories that filled me with enthusiasm and anticipatory joy. I could not wait to be there.

It was a great experience to be part of the celebration. My passion for photography inspired me to freeze some moment in images to share it with you. As you go down the page you will gain a bit of appreciation for the celebration in honor of the Virgin Asunta.

Fue una buena experiencia haber participado de esta festividad así que mi pasión por la fotografía me inspiro a congelar momentos e inmoratlizar parte de la fiesta en imágenes que ahora quiero compartir con ustedes, deslizando hacia abajo podrán apreciar lo que fue la celebración en honor a la Virgen Asunta.

 

Qhapac Chunchu Dancer
Qhapac Chunchu Dancer
The Chapel for Candles in Calca
The Chapel for Candles in Calca
Enjoying the Feast
Enjoying in the Feast
A Dancers Gaze
A Dancers Gaze
The Top of an Altar on the Street in Calca
The Top of an Altar on the Street in Calca
Two Worlds Together in the Feast
Two Worlds Together in the Feast
Virgen Asunta Feast
Virgen Asunta Feast

 

 

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