It is one of the most famous religious feasts in Peru. Originally celebrated in Spain, represents sacrifice and death of
Jesus in the Calvary. All the citizens of this city participate.
Every year, thousands of people from all the country and foreigners arrive to Ayacucho to participate of the religious
devotion of these people. People from the surrounding cities arrive to Huaraz.
Celebrations begin on Sunday, they call it "Domingo de Ramos" (Palms), and they end the next Sunday, "Domingo de Pascua"
(Easter). Every day, during the Holy Week processions take place as well as religious manifestations. They are accompanied
with folkloric dances. Parallel to these celebrations, artisan and cattle fairs take place.
During the first Sunday of the Holy Week, people do a remembrance of the triumphal entrance of Jesus to Jerusalem. Very
early in the morning, donkeys and llamas, with herbs from the area, enter the city. Later those herbs are incinerated during
the next Sunday (Easter).
Then, on Wednesday, the image of Jesus is venerated. All the pilgrims surround the image holding candles in their hands,
and in that moment, the light from the city is turned down. Images of some other saints, taken from churches of the area,
accompany this procession.
After that, on Thursday, people do their visit to churches of the city.
On Friday, there is a big procession to the Saint Sepulcher. It begins during the evening from Santo Domingo Church. A
coffin with the image of Jesus that lays on white rose petals, go over the city, followed with another images and women from
the city all dressed in black.