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: Acobamba (Junin).
Date: May 03.

Left to their fate by officials of the vice-regency, those sick with smallpox (muru: smallpox, huay: house) were allegedly healed by an image of Christ that took shape on a stone slab at the foot of Mount Shalacoto (2,959 meters above sea level), and has remained there ever since.

This spot, located in the district of Acobamba, 12 km from the town of Tarma in the department of Junín , is Peru's foremost pilgrimage center. The celebration of this image abounds in pre-Hispanic rites dominated by elements such as water, earth and stone.

Today, the worship rituals begin the night before with a fireworks display. On the main day, after a Mass held in Quechua, the devout deposit a "letter to God".

Then everyone returns to Tarma in a procession headed by the mayordomo (the organizer of the festivities), his wife and troupes of dancers including the caracolillos and negritos, who compete in dances such as the abrecalle and the chutos.

After the dancing, everyone settles down to lunch featuring typical Andean dishes such as fried guinea pig served with peanuts and beans.

Over the following days, the locals dance the famous chonguinada in the streets of Acobamba, that have been carpeted in flower petals.


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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 ,
Lunahuana Adventure Sports Festival
Mar La Vendimia Wine Festival , Crosses of Porcon , Easter Week
Lord of the Earthqueakes
Apr Peruvian Paso Horse Festival , Easter Week
May Virgen de Chapi , Señor de Muruhuay , Festival of the Crosses ,
Qoyllur Rit'i
Jun Inti Raymi , San Juan , Saint Peter and Saint Paul , Corpus Christi
Jul Virgen del Carmen , Independence Day , Yawar Fiesta
Aug Santa Rosa de Lima
Sep Virgen de Cocharcas , International Trujillo Spring Festival
Oct Virgen del Rosario , Señor Cautivo de Ayabaca , Señor de Luren ,
The Lord of the Miracles
Nov All Saints Day and Day of the Dead
Dec Andean Christmas , Santuranticuy Holiday , Virgen del Carmen ,
The Offering to the Earth (Pachamama)
 

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