St. Peter’s Day

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St. Peter is the patron saint of the fishermen.  His martyrdom in Rome is celebrated as a national holiday.  It is one of the oldest celebrations dating back to the 4th century.

The village of Ñuro is an artisanal fishing village where hundreds of fisherman continue to fish as their ancestors did; without a pole or net, just a line.  The celebration unofficially starts a day before the actual holiday on June 29th, and continues into the following day.

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The day begins with mass at the local church.  The statue of St. Peter is then carried from the church to the fishing pier.  The procession is accompanied by a band and singers singing praises to the saint.

 

 

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Along the way the procession will stop to bless homes, babies, the elderly and others throughout the village.  Many will receive these blessing from the local priest and will touch the statue.

 

Once the procession reaches the pier, the statue of St. Peter is loaded onto a boat.  Participants and observers, often in elaborately decorated boats, follow the statue in a parade along the local shoreline.  Many will pause to lay a wreath of flowers in the water to pay tribute to fishermen who have been lost at sea.

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Following the parade, crowds gather at the pier where beer, chicha (a fermented corn beer), and various foods are on offer.  The administrators of the port organize various games and competitions throughout the afternoon.  By early afternoon, the celebration is in full rowdy mode which continues into the night and often into the following morning. Fireworks, both official and not, are heard throughout the three of four day celebration.

 

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