Fiesta de la Candelaria 2018, San Pedro de Atacama

Every year, on February 2, Catholics throughout Chile convene for La Candelaria, a religious party that celebrates the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, the Purification of the Virgin after childbirth and the Virgin of Candelaria. It’s the main religious festival in the Atacama region, with the most important festivity taking place in Copiapo, where about 120,000 worshippers congregate. The party was smaller in San Pedro de Atacama, but it was just as vibrant, with tourists and locals lining the streets to watch the masks and the colors of La Candelaria go by.

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