Posted on | October 3, 2011 | No Comments
It’s October in Lima, and that can only mean one thing – it’s time for several streets downtown to be closed off for the annual Señor de los Milagros – or Lord of the Miracles – Celebration. I’ve written about the procession several times in the past, but in short, it’s a celebration of faith, where a painting of Christ is carried through the streets of downtown Lima. About 350 years ago, there was a terrible earthquake that destroyed a church, and this painting was the only thing that survived. It has been worshiped as a miracle ever since. (Learn more here)
If you plan on coming to see the procession, there will be several times this month when you can do so. The first two processions have already taken place, on Oct 1 and 2. While I’m not Catholic (or a believer of any flavor, to be honest), the ceremony and the tradition are beautiful to me. I feel like its one of those things that if you have the opportunity to experience it, you certainly should.
This year, the procession seems to have a particular gravity and is being seen as a chance for Lima to come together and pray for peace. After the tragic events during last weeks soccer match when a young fan was thrown to his death from a VIP balcony, many are hoping that this time of tradition and spirituality can help calm tempers and rivalries. In this news clip, they speak with Jorge Soto, a popular player from the club Alianza Lima, who reminds us that we need to focus on the messages Christ tried to teach us, and that we need to pray for peace. You can even see that they´ve attached banners from both football clubs involved on the sides of the mural.
The next procession will take place on October 18th, and will follow this route: Heading from the Church of the Nazarenes to the parish (parroquia) of Nuestra Senora de las Victorias on Ave. Tacna, Ave. 29 de Julio, Jiron Conde Superunda, Jiron Junin, Jr. Carabaya, Jr. Huanuco y Jr. Cangallo.
On October 19th, the procession will return to the Nazarene sanctuary along Ave. Iquitos, Av. 28 de Julio, the Paseo de la Republica, Av. 9 de December, Av. Roosevelt, Av. Colmena, Av. Tacna and Jiron Huancavelica
At the end of the month, the Christo Moreno (Black Christ) will pass into the district of Breña for the first time. It will follow a route along Av. Tacna, Av. La Colmena, Alfonso Ugarte, Av. Bolivia, Av. Garcilazo de la Vega, Jiron Canete, Jiron Quilca, Jiron Pomabambas, Jr. Jorge Chavez and Jr. Huancavelica.
Finally, on November 1st, the idol will return home to wait for next year along this path: Av. Tacna, Av. Emancipacion, and Jiron Chancay.
Keep in mind that these areas will be closed to vehicular traffic at these times, so if you have business in these areas you may want to try to plan around them.
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