Peru's Central Highlands


Home Ayacucho's celebration of Semana Santa (Holy Week) is reputedly the finest in Peru.  I managed to be there for almost the entire week.





Ayacucho's large plaza is usually quite placid 



But during Semana Santa, everything changes


On Palm Sunday, feeder processions...



... fill this same space space




Jesus even makes an appearance, here on a burro (sorry I couldn't capture it in this photo)




And the youth prepare numerous, very elaborate graphics on the pavement




Later that night, the next procession will trample them all...





...and the next day they simply start over



Using chalk, flower petals, and other materials




Huge numbers of people are involved in creating palm figures for the procession...




...and huge numbers of people use them



I loved strolling the streets that ring the plaza, watching people waiting for the procession to start




Processions and more processions





One evening in my hotel room I heard music from the street

I looked out to see a full-blown church service in progress




choir and all





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