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The Virgin Carmen Festival
From: 2013.07.14 To: 2013.07.18
Four hours from Cusco in the town of Paucartambo, thousands of devotees pay homage to Virgin del Carmen or Mamacha Carmen as she's known locally. Mamacha Carmen is the patron saint of the Mesito population and musicians, singers and dancers meet in the town's main square to reenact indigenous and Peruvian history. While the event takes place over 5 days, on the main day the virgin is paraded through the streets to bless locals and scare away demons. This is a colourful event and an interesting display of Peruvian culture with Christian influences.