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You’re Invited to Pirwa’s Christmas Eve Dinner in Cusco!

You’re Invited to Pirwa’s Christmas Eve Dinner in Cusco!

You’re Invited to Pirwa’s Christmas Eve Dinner in Cusco!

Cusco is one of Peru’s most popular cities to visit during the holidays, and on midnight on Christmas Eve the city explodes with fireworks and firecrackers. If you’re celebrating on the road and wondering where to lay your backpack, this December 24th at 9pm, Pirwa Colonial will celebrate its traditional Christmas Eve Dinner.

The menu’s been set and sounds delectable- a salad of vegetables and fruits in a Thai sauce, mustard turkey roulades with aguaymanto sauce, dessert tbd, and champagne for toasting. We offer the dinner at cost, a third of the price that the same dinner will be selling elsewhere, so it’s a great alternative to overpriced Christmas menus that the restaurants offer on this day.

No matter which of Pirwa’s Cusco locations you’re staying at, you’re invited to celebrate with us. We’ll be giving out invitations to all of our guests on Dec 23rd and 24th, and we hope to see you there!

 

The Parading Saints of Corpus Christi

The Parading Saints of Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is fervently and uniquely celebrated in Cusco. Fourteen Saints and Virgins, one from each of the city’s parishes, are carried in colorful procession atop heavy litters borne by members of each brotherhood guild, who can prepare for up to a year, fundraising for the saint’s elaborate attire and other adornments. The festival calls back to pre-Columbian times of the Inca Empire, when lavishly attired and adorned mummies of the highest-ranking Incas and venerated ancestors were carried on litters throughout the main streets during festivals. Along these same streets the saints and virgins now parade. They are to stay the night in the Cathedral, where they will greet Corpus Christi, the body of Christ.

This Wednesday, June 6th, at 9am, the Corpus Christi Altars will be presented in their respective parishes. You’ll hear music emanating from the Cathedral- a call to the saints. The processions begin as all the saints make their way to the main square at 11am, each showing off the year’s new finery and accompanied by their faithful parishioners and a band. You’ll also hear the 16th century María Angola throughout the day, South America’s largest church bell. Traditionally, Saint Sebastian, who resides 5 km from the Cathedral, and Saint Geronimo, whose parish is twice the distance from the Cathedral, race to see who will reach the Cathedral first, with Saint Sebastian beginning his route in the early hours of the morning.

Meanwhile….two blocks down, in the San Francisco Plaza, the Chiriuchu food fair will appear in Plaza San Francisco. With a name meaning cold chili pepper, this is a cold dish that features roast guinea pig, boiled chicken ch’arki (jerky), chorizo sausage, Andean cheese, toasted corn, corn bread, seaweed, and roe all piled up together.  Sands will be set up throughout the square, with vendors serving up the most traditional meal of Corpus Christi. If it takes you a while to work up the courage, don’t worry, they’ll be there on Thursday too. Wednesday night families traditionally serve 12 dishes, but Thursday is about Chiriuchu. If you try a plate, wash it down with some beer or chicha, a fermented corn drink. Those of you staying at Pirwa Colonial Backpackers will find the food fair camped out right in front of the hostel in the next couple of days. If the guinea pigs don’t tempt you, you can always limit yourself to some interesting photo-taking…

The following day is the principal day of Corpus Christi: At noon on Thursday the 7th (after the Archbishop performs the Te-Deum at 8am) it´s time for the main event, when the saints all process together, led by the 18th century pure gold massif known as the Golden Sun of Custody. It holds the Host, is adorned with hundreds of pearls, diamonds, and other precious jewels, and is carried on a silver litter. All the saints and virgins will afterwards be placed upon their respective altars throughout the plaza, each decorated with mirrors, banners, flowers, and other ornaments. Keep your eyes peeled for costumed folkloric characters like ukukus, qollas, and pabluchas amongst the crowd.

The icons will stay for a week in the Cathedral, until the Octava, when they’ll process again amongst dancers performing the Mestiza Qoyacha and the Capaq Qoya before returning to their home parishes with their dancers and musicians.

All this takes place in Cusco’s main square, or Plaza de Armas, and in the surrounding main streets. You can expect the Plaza to fill as completely as possible with spectators both curious and devout. If you’re on ground level, of course be wary of pickpockets targeting cash and small electronics such as cameras, cell phones, and mp3 players. If you’re not up to jostling amongst the crowds for a view, remember the Pirwa Posada del Corregidor is located right in the Plaza de Armas, with an in-house restaurant whose windows overlook the square- it’s a great place to watch the festivities in a more comfortable setting!

Celebrate Peruvian Style: Creole Music Day is Coming on October 31

Celebrate Peruvian Style: Creole Music Day is Coming on October 31

Creole Music Day on Halloween
Creole Music Day on Halloween

Don’t feel like dressing up this Halloween?? There’s another option….

 

On Creole Music Day Peruvians toast, party, and sing to the beat of música criolla, a genre combining Afro-Peruvian and Andean styles and giving rise to a bevy of stars including the internationally recognized singer and current Minister of Culture, Susana Baca, and the great Eva Ayllon. The most popular of this genre is the Marinera, the national dance of Peru, although it also includes the Peruvian Waltz, Tondero, Festejo, Peruvian Polka, Zamacueca, Landó, and others.

This musical staple of the coastal region was honored in 1944 when Creole Music Day was announced as a national holiday, and has been celebrated alongside Halloween ever since.

CUSCO

Party with us at Pirwa Colonial!
Party with us at Pirwa Colonial!

Those of you staying with us in one of our four Pirwa hostels in Cusco shouldn’t miss the FREE Concert in Cusco for “Día de la Canción Criolla”. It takes place on Oct 31st at 7:00pm  at the ICPNA Auditorio (Av. Tullumayo #125).

 

Don’t forget that we are also having our own HALLOWEEN PARTY at Pirwa Colonial Backpackers, so no matter which of the hostels you are staying at, you should definitely stop by after the concert! We’ll get started around 8:30 and will go as long as you do!….

LIMA

Your New Pirwa Friends...
Your New Pirwa Friends...

If you’re staying in one of our two Lima hostels on October 31st, you’ll have lots of options. Because we are located in the Miraflores district of Lima, we’re perfectly located near a variety of lively and safe establishments.

Below are some Miraflores options for Creole Music Day, for those who are interested. We’re partying for Halloween in Pirwa Prada Backpackers Hostel as well, so stop by!

Kimba Fá

Afro-Peruvian percusión with traditional instruments at De Teatro Canout located at Av. Petit Thouars 4550 in Miraflores. If you can’t make it on the 31st, the show will continue nightly until the 20th of Nov from Fridays through Mondays at 8 p.m.. Tickets at Teleticket.

Criollismo

We love you Susana!
We love you Susana!

Singer Lourdes Carhuas will sing the classical themes of the creaole repertoire at the Jazz Zone located at Av. La Paz 656, Pasaje El Suche in Miraflores. The show begins at 11 p.m. and entry is S/.20.00- call 241-8139 for reservations.

Noche Peruana

Giselle Altuna will sing Valses, Polkas, Landóas and Festejos at the ICPNA Miraflores Auditorio located on Av. Ángamos Oeste 120. The show starts at 7:30pm and entrance is FREE.