Many schools, offices and administrations therefore the Semana Santa stay closed. The Peruvians celebrate this festival together with the whole family, the churches are packed throughout the week and of course numerous procession takes place, where heavy, ornately carved statues of saints are carried through the streets. The parades are accompanied by bands and dressed in black, singing women. Then, there are many stalls offering typical dishes, drinks and small treats in the squares and in the streets of the cities. In addition you will find also have different customs and traditions in the individual cities.
Called in Tarma, for example, Pearl of the Andes”, the streets are littered the scenes and motifs with millions of petals, represent the Andes, and later runs over that across the whole procession. In Huaraz, the children make little Judas dolls, which are then burned before the cheering crowd on Easter Saturday. Hundreds of birds are released on Easter Sunday then to the Grand Finale and colorful fireworks lit. In Ayacucho the good Friday has a sad face and is celebrated very seriously. But there it is believed that there is no sin between the death of Christ and his resurrection, and so is extremely omitted the Easter Saturday, with lots of dancing and music celebrated and the population knows no bounds. On Sunday then continue the religious rites.
Of course, there are typical Easter dishes in Peru. On good Friday, for example, to eat the chupe de Viernes Santo “, a soup of fish, seafood, potatoes and vegetables and on Easter Sunday there Caldo de siete carnes”, a stew made from seven different types of meat. The Easter celebrations in Ecuador Ecuador have great similarity with those in Spain, which is due to the colonial era, when the Spaniards occupied the country. On the Wednesday of Holy week, the Miercoles Santo”, a mourning March takes place in Quito, which is world’s only there, held in Lima, and in Spain.