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Location
: El Guayabo and El Carmen (Ica).
Date: December 27th.

The Virgen del Carmen is the most widely venerated image in Peru after the Lord of Miracles. Its worship dates back to colonial times when friars from the Carmeline Order arrived.

In various communities in Ica (300 km south of Lima) as well as the areas of El Carmen and El Guayabo in Chincha (200 km south of Lima), home to most of Peru's Afro-Peruvian population, the locals render a special homage to the virgin at the end of every year.

What is unique about the Virgen de El Carmen Festival is that here it is called La Peoncita (the little peon) for its link with teenagers who perform the dances called los negritos and las pallitas, in honor of the Virgin.


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Other Peruvian Traditional Festivities

Jan Entrega de Varas , El Chiaraje , Marinera Festival
Feb Virgen de la Candelaria , Tinca de Vacas , Carnivals ,
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Mar La Vendimia Wine Festival , Crosses of Porcon , Easter Week
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May Virgen de Chapi , Señor de Muruhuay , Festival of the Crosses ,
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Jul Virgen del Carmen , Independence Day , Yawar Fiesta
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Sep Virgen de Cocharcas , International Trujillo Spring Festival
Oct Virgen del Rosario , Señor Cautivo de Ayabaca , Señor de Luren ,
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Nov All Saints Day and Day of the Dead
Dec Andean Christmas , Santuranticuy Holiday , Virgen del Carmen ,
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