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Virgen de Cocharcas
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Location
: Andahuaylas (Apurímac).
Date: September 6-10.

The Virgen de Cocharcas is a carved replica commissioned in 1598 by Sebastián Quimichi, one of the local faithful. Born in San Pedro de Cocharcas, Quimichi had the figure made to show gratitude for miracles granted by the Virgin of Copacabana, in Bolivia.

The festival is organized by the virgin's local followers, known as quimichos (from Quimichi), who bear the figure aloft on a procession through the streets of the district of Cocharcas, in Andahuaylas.

Other replicas of the same image are led in pilgrimage to other cities outside of the department of Apurímac. These pilgrimages, toward the cities of Cusco and Huamanga (Ayacucho), are carried out amid songs, music and prayers, after the crops. She is known as the Traveling Virgin and is associated with the rains and the fertility of the earth.


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