Sunday, February 8, 2015

Candalaria on Taquile

February 2, 2015, Candlemas, Imbolc, Groundhog Day, the cross quarter day between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox

It is a huge celebration in Puno two weeks of dancing in the streets and blessings the Virgin de Candalaria. They say it is second in South America only to Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. We have participated in Puno in past years and wanted to avoid the craziness this year. Turns out that Taquile has its own celebration, for one day in the main plaza. The dance is Negritos, originally a cerebration of freeing of the black slaves.

This was our first time to dress up in our indigenous clothing and celebrate properly. Takes some getting used to.

I´m too far from the band to get good sound.

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