Feast of Virgen Asunta declared Cultural Heritage

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Peru continues to preserve its cultural heritage and promote the value of its history, as today the Feast of Virgen Asunta de Coya was declared a National Cultural Heritage, according to “El Comercio”:http://elcomercio.pe/peru/cusco/festividad-virgen-asunta-fue-declarada-patrimonio-cultural-noticia-1830986.

With the official celebration coming up on August 15, the news couldn’t come at a better time.

The Feast of Virgen Asunta de Coy is celebrated in the province of Calca in Cusco. The Ministry of Culture has considered establishing a party that would invite a community to express their passion for the event to promote and strengthen the cultural grip it has in the region, reports El Comercio.

The history of the religious celebration traces back to 1753, when three images of the Virgen de la Asunción arrived to Peru from Spain. They arrived to be delivered to Calca, Coya and Pisac says the archbishop’s report according to El Comercio.

The celebrations of the Feast include parading the three images, accompanied by 27 troupes of different traditional dances.

The move to make it a National Cultural Heritage was made official today as the vice-ministerial resolution was published in the daily gazette El Peruano.

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Hillary Ojeda

Hillary moved to Peru in August of 2014 to learn Spanish, live with her family, and pursue writing. Born and raised in Bakersfield, Ca, Hillary earned her B.A. in Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley. Since moving to Peru she drinks fermented potato and coca concoctions daily and is enjoying learning about the abundant and natural andean foods of the country. Hillary hopes one day to become an investigative journalist. You can follow her blog.