Do you know how important El Señor de los Milagros is in Perù?

El Señor de los Milagros (the Lord of the Miracles) is the most important catholic holiday for Peruvians and the biggest event in Lima: a month long celebration taking place every October and culminating with a massive procession through the city centre.

El Señor de los Milagros refers to a mural painting representing Jesus Christ made by an African slave from Angola in Lima: at first the worship of this image was prohibited, but later on something incredible happened.

Two terrible earthquakes took place in Lima (in 1655 and 1687) and destroyed most of the city: however, both times the adobe wall of the Lord of the Miracles remained untouched.

Since then, because of those miraculous events, the devotion for that image was authorised and became to grow exponentially. The local authorities even committed an oil painted copy of the image to take it through the streets, among people.

Nowadays that image is definitely the most venerated in South America and abroad: the Peruvian communities celebrate this important tradition all over the world!

El Señor de los Milagros Peruvian Holiday

How do people celebrate?

Celebrations go on for a month, but the most spectacular event is the procession, which takes place in Lima: a group of men take the mural replica around the city centre, starting from the Iglesia de Las Nazarenas. Thousands people follow the mural, all dressed in purple as a sign of devotion.

The atmosphere around the city is magic: streets are filled with vendors who sell the local products and delicious specialties, such as the typical nougat called Turrón de Doña Pepa.

The story behind this candy is really nice. Doña Pepa was an African slave who was freed because of her arms paralysis: she knew about the procession, so she went to Lima to take part in it and, once there, she was healed. The day after she made the nougat and offered it to the devotees, telling about the miracle.

Have you ever been in Perù during this amazing celebration?


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