Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria!

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Some of the dancers at the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria. San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Hello All,

I got up this morning after a decent nights sleep.  The temperature got down low enough at over 7,000 feet that it was comfortable sleeping weather.  I had about an hour, so I went into town to do some more exploring.  The moment I left the Residencial I heard music.

I followed the sound down towards the square, and was amazed to see a full blown festival going on!  How about my luck so far?  There are a decent amount of these things throughout the year, maybe one a month or less.  But I never would have even guess that one would be happening on a random Friday morning!

There were representative dance groups from a half dozen other cities that came to San Pedro to show their stuff.  It was amazing!  It was at least 80 degrees, and these dance groups were dressed in full traditional garb.

Everybody loves pics of the littlest dancers. Awwwwwww.
  Part of the tradition involves the groups stopping in front of the cathedral to be sprinkled with cooling holy water.  The dances were incredible and they incorporate many older pagan maneuvers, along with celebrating the Virgen de la Candelaria.

The festival itself dates back to 1780, and has something to do with a small statue of the Virgin Mary that was considered responsible for saving a group of miner from a sudden storm in the Atacama.  Although my spanish probably isn't good enough to get all of those details correct.  :)

Sorry for the short entry today, but it's been a short day.  My bus for Salta, Argentina leaves at 11:00pm.  Another day another country!

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San Pedro de Atacama
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