Views 24 Feb Semana Santa (Eastern Week) in Cusco
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Every year during the week running up to Easter, the streets of Cusco are filled with vibrant and energetic religious processions.  In 2011, Semana Santa will run from Sunday 17th until Sunday 24th of April.

Celebrations begin on Sunday 17th, Palm Sunday or ‘Domingo de Ramos’.  Today families go to church with palms and ask for blessings.   Following this on Monday, Cusco adds its own unique twist to Easter festivities and dedicates celebrations to ‘El Señor de los Temblores’ or ‘The Lord of the Earthquakes’, the patron saint of Cusco.   Around 2pm there is a procession with a beautifully decorated statue of the Saint through the streets of the old city of Cusco.  In the evening the procession reaches the Plaza de Armas, where thousands of people flood into the square to watch as the Saint is taken to the Cathedral and blessed. 

Semana Santa (Eastern Week) in Cusco
Throughout the week you will find people selling traditional sweets and cakes of Easter in the streets, or especially in the main markets of the city. Take a look in San Pedro market, 5 minute walk from the Plaza, to see a huge selection of traditional Easter treats!


On Good Friday Cusquenian families carry out the tradition of ’Doce Platos’ or 12 plates of food for lunch, followed by a period of fasting. This is their way of remembering Jesus reuniting with his 12 apostles on this date.In the early hours of the morning of Saturday morning a final procession takes place – young men carry a cross from the Plaza of San Francisco near the centre of the old city up the mountain to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman overlooking the city. Here it is left until the week after Easter. By Easter Sunday the processions are over and families spend the day in their house eating a traditional meal or perhaps go to church.

Semana Santa (Eastern Week) in Cusco

The Semana Santa is beautiful period to visit Peru and to be immersed in all those traditional festivities. The most famous Semana Santa of Peru actually takes place in small town Ayacucho, a 10 hour bus drive from Cusco. If you are interested I our special Semana Santa arrangents, please visit www.dosmanosperu.com or write info@dosmanosperu.com

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