October the Purple Month in Peru

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October: the Purple Month in Peru In the 1600s an Afro-Peruvian Slave at the Pachacamilla plantation in Lima, paint on a rouge adobe wall, the crucifixion of Jesus “the Black Christ.” In 1655 the city lay in ruins from an earthquake. This fragile wall somehow remained intact, since the painting survived another terrible earthquake in 1687. The people began to carry an image on October 18th in a procession around the city. Later the Black Christ was named Patron Saint of Lima and given the name “the Lord of Miracles.” Today in October we still continue celebrating this wonderful religious procession, with the streets dressed in purple and special public events all month. `This religious procession is visited for more than one million people and celebrates more than 350 years of traditions. A special role is assigned to the brotherhood of “el Señor de los Milagros” that is conformed for 3200 brothers, who carry the one ton image from the Church of “Las Nazarenas” to the Church of La Merced. This brotherhood is divided in 20 “cuadrillas”, and each one carries the image for 300 feet. Everyone wears purple. The cargadores (carriers) and their female accomplices, who intone hymns and wave incense burners, are all clad in purple robes, while scores of laymen also sport the color as a sign of gratitude. This crowd is accompanied by bands of the Army, Navy and the Police. The streets are dressed in purple, the neighborhoods decorated the houses with purple colors, changing the look of the streets, especially those where the procession passes. They decorate, balconies, windows, doors, and make carpets of flowers, where the predominant color is the purple. Also the streets are filled with vendors selling a wide variety of dishes and sweets, the most popular is “Turron de Doña Pepa” usually sell on that month. But not only change the streets, “Alianza Lima” one of

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