Feasts and Festivals

The towns in "Callejón de Huaylas", outstands because of their wealthy Andean folklore, with great variety in music and dances. The great celebrations generally are associated to the religious feasts.

Most of the celebrations and religious feasts, use to take in processions by the streets images of the patron saints or virgins, covering the streets with rugs made of petals of flowers.

Feast of "Virgen de Chiquinquirá" (Virgin of Chiquinquirá)

From January 18th to 21st (Workable day)
Caraz. Religious Feast, bull fights, great folkloric shows.


Feast of "Virgen de la Candelaria" (Virgin of Candelaria)

February 2nd (Workable day)
Religious feast, great dances in the street, groups of dancers customized as colored people.



February - varies (Workable day)
The carnivals in all the towns of "Callejón de Huaylas" are celebrated with lots of joy, color and feasts.


Feast of "Señor de la Soledad"

During the first 15 days of May
Huaraz. Religious Feast, most important celebration, Patron of the City. Folkloric shows, commercial, agricultural and crafts fairs.


Feast of "Corpus Cristi"

First Sunday of June
Religious Feast, folkloric shows and crafts fairs. The most important activity is the presentation of Dances in the Pallasca.


Mountaineering Week

June - varies (Workable day)
Celebrated in Huaraz. Contest and practice of adventure sports. Mountaineering, hikes, mountain biking, rafting, deltaflying and paragliding, snow sports. Rock concerts, artistic and folkloric shows. Visits to archaeological sites. Allegoric parades. These celebrations congregate dozens of thousands tourists Peruvians and foreigners.


Feast of "Virgen de la Asunción" (Virgin of Asunción)

August 15th
Religious Feast, exposition of typical dances, bull fights, rooster fight and the traditional ribbon race.


Feast of "Señor de Burgos" (Lord of Burgos)

September 11th to 15th (holiday)
Recuay. Religious feast of the Patron of the city. Folkloric shows, outstanding the "colored people" dance.


Feast of Yungay

October 25th to 28th
Yungay. Patronal Feast, celebrating the anniversary of the political creation of the city. Folkloric shows, crafts and commercial fairs.


The ribbon race, is a ceremony that takes place in the fields. Ribbons are tied to a tree having the names of all the single girls in town, and have a little ring in its tip. The young guys ride horses to try to pass a stick by the ring hole, and take the ring out. The one who does this is supposed to get the love of the girl.

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