Nothing Like One Week Celebration…

Avelino Statue

Avelino Statue; Welcomes you to Hualhuas

Today like every year the small district of Hualhuas (which is part of my home town Huancayo) start celebrating the traditional festivities for a whole week in honor of San Roque, who is consider  the “missionary saint”…

I have learned recently more about Hualhuas than I did when I was growing up, I learn that this town has one of the most beautiful textiles made of alpaca and  sheep wool in the central region of the mountains in Peru, textiles I grew up without noticing much. Is strange that sometimes one has to be far away in order to finally get it, I have learned also the colorful “Avelino costumes” (see picture above) I used to wear myself almost every year during national  festivities while I was still in school came from this very same town, these same costumes where actually a war disguises during the battle against Chile in 1879.

But today is not about  things I didn’t learn before, today  is about a celebration I want to always remember with all my hearth… Felices fiestas patronales!