Peru 🇵🇪 October 2011

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In almost every single town we visited, the streets were abuzz with some kind of event.

Arequipa – 18 October : a procession for Damas Descalzas

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   Puno – 20 October : The 20th anniversary of the School of Civil Engineering at Universidad Andina Nestor Cáceres Velásquez

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Cuzco – 25 October: a night procession

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Cusco – 28 October : the School of Fine Arts at Universidad Nacional de Bellas Artes “Diego Quispe Tito” del Cusco has taken over the streets     *

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Huancayo – 30 October : Sunday’s morning weekly parade at the Plaza di Armas**

30 kms from Huancayo and about 40 minutes drive, our afternoon visit to the Convent of Santa Rosa de Ocopa was delayed because we came across a procession we couldn’t bypass … and then the procession and our big bus were slowed down due to the closure of some roads in order not to damage the flower carpets that have been laid for the occasion on the tarmac of some streets. The sand carpet in the photo was at the entrance of the Convent.

💔Lima – 31 October: national day of the “ Canción Criolla” (Native Song) is celebrated with native waltzes, polkas, Creole music……for us it was another celebration, the last celebration but I didn’t take any photo🤦🏻‍♀️…well, it was our last day, we arrived to the capital city towards the end of the day after a 10 hours train journey …I was tired, running out of space on my camera’s memory card, running out of time before dinner, and practically running to cross the piazza where our bus was waiting for us. All these reasons and another factor, I call it “BTFAW” – Been There For A While – having been accustomed now to all these streets happenings, we tend to get selective regarding the scenes worth shooting and so refrain from rushing with the camera at each single flash of colour or every sound of music…🤷🏻‍♀️

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Let the Party Begin

// Part 1 of 8//

Traveling in itself is a rewarding experience, and the icing on the cake is when you witness a particular celebration during your stay. If you do your homework properly, you can time your trip according to annual happenings in your planned destination. We did it when we visited Laos 🇱🇦 for the Boum That Luang Festival, worked it out to be in a Guatemala 🇬🇹 celebrating All Saints Day and next day’s colourful Day of the Dead …and while in Bhutan 🇧🇹, we ended the Druk Path Trek with a big celebration:The Thimphu Tsechu Festival.

However, you might stumble upon such events unknowingly and that’s even better…forget the anticipatory hype and the build-ups, the surprise factor doubles the pleasure and is truly the cherry on top of the icing on the cake..Talking from experiences, twice in Myanmar 🇲🇲 and 5 times in Peru 🇵🇪 !!

 


Shinbyu , Noviciation Ceremony- Pagan , Myanmar – February 2005

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Nat Festival – Mt Popa, Myanmar February 2005

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Boun That Luang Festival- Vientiane, Laos November 2007

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The 20th anniversary of the School of Civil Engineering at Universidad Andina Nestor Cáceres Velásquez – Puno, Peru October 2011

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           All Saints Day – Todos Santos Cuchumatan, Guatemala, November 2015 
 
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The Day of the Dead – Zunil, Guatemala November 2015

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The Thimphu Tsechu Festival – Thimphu, Bhutan October 2016