Festival of the Candelaria

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Virgen Candelaria de Puno

The Fiesta de la Candelaria is a festival in honor of the Virgin of Candelaria, patron saint of the city of Puno in Peru, held in the first fortnight of February each year.

It is one of the largest festivals of culture, music and dancing in Peru. In terms of the number of events related to the cultures of the Quechua and Aymara peoples and of the mestizos of the Altiplano, and also in terms of the number of people directly and indirectly involved in its realization, it stands with the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and the Carnaval de Oruro in Bolivia as one of the three largest festivals in South America.

OFFICIAL PROGRAM 2016

  • Sunday, January 31
    • Event: Native Dance Competition
    • Start time: 07 hours (GMT -5).
    • End Time: 17 Hours (GMT -5).
    • Location: Stadium  Enrique Torres Belon and city streets.
  • Tuesday, 02 February
    • Event: Mass and procession.
    • Location: City Center.
  • Sunday, February 07
    • Event: Mestizas Dance Competition.
    • Start time: 07 hours (GMT -5).
    • End Time: 16 Hours (GMT -5).
    • Location: Stadium Enrique Torres Belon and city streets.
  • Monday, February 08
    • Event: Gran Parade and Veneration.
    • Start time: 08 hours (GMT -5).
    • End Time: Early hours of the following day.
    • Location: City streets of Puno

Sketch of worship and dance competition:

  Croquis Veneración Virgen Candelaria 2015

Sketch of worship and dance competition with costumes in honor of the Virgen de la Candelaria 2016




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