Arequipa´s holydays

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HOLIDAY LIST:

-Lord of the Miracles

-The Feast of Santa Ursula (Viraco)

-The Day of the “Canción Criolla”

-Student’s Day

-Teacher’s Day

-Independence Day of Perú

-Arequipa’s Day-Feast of Virgin of Chapi

-Feast of Vrgin of the Candelaria

-Christmas in Perú

THE FEAST OF SANTA URSULA

It celebrated on 21 October each year, in the district Viraco, province ofCastilla in the department of Arequipa.

FIRST DAY: VESPERS

Starts at 3 am with the walk of "japeros" to the front door of the Church of St. Ursula. At 4 am holy Ursula leaves in procession throughthe town.
In general there is a dance night in the main square, with fireworks.

SECOND DAY: CENTRAL DAY

Mass is celebrated at 11 am. In the afternoon there cockfight. Santa ursula is carried inprocession around the main square. Then there is a gala dance.

THIRD DAY: BLESSING DAY

Blessing mass is celebrated at 11 am. Santa ursula is carried in procession around the main square. Wereceive new devotees. the afternoon there cockfight. At night is the entry of bulls.

FOURTH AND FFITH DAY:

Gran comida offered by devotees. Bullfight at the colosseum of bulls with professionalbullfighters.

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LETTERTO MY FRIEND :

Dear Pedro:

Hi, my good friend, how are you?, i hope you are well.

In this letter i will tell you how is and how i spend the feast of Santa Ursula.Before all, this feast is very special because it is celebrated in the land where my mother was born, In Viraco.

the feast begins with vespers, in this night the people get together in the mainsquare, until the dawn.

The principal day is 21th of october, we will hear the word of God in the Church of St. Ursula, after we accompany the saint in procession through the town. In the afternoonwe go to the rooster fighting and at night is the general dancing.

The next day is the blessing mass, then there are people devoted to next year.

The fourth and fifth days are the days of...
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