Peru is a strongly Catholic country, and semana santa (Holy Week) is a very important time. I got caught up in a fiesta on Monday, as they celebrated the Señor de los temblores (the Lord of the Tremors). It is believe that an oil painting of Christ protected the city from an earthquake in 1650, and there are huge celebrations. I was just trying to return something to a shop, but there were lots and lots of people about! I tried to take some pics, but they aren't great shots, I am afraid.
During Holy Week, many Peruvians eat 12 dishes, representing the 12 disciples. There's no meat involved, as most Catholics don't eat meat during Holy week, but fish dishes, corn soup, the juice of peaches cooked in water and other things! I am pretty sure this happened yesterday. Daniel had today and yesterday off school, as these are such important days.
For the Evangelical church, things are a little different. Easter isn't always hugely celebrated, in part-response to some of the differences that they have with the Catholic Church. Some would say that every day is Resurrection Day and there is no need for a special celebration. Our church is celebrating with our service, followed by a meal on Sunday. Neil also went to a communion service last night.
Today, though, we spent some time as a family. We went up to near Sacsayhuaman with another family (it is great to be making friends!) Then, the 4 of us walked up to Cristo Blanco, the huge figure of Christ overlooking Cusco. There are also 3 crosses there. It was a beautiful day, and it was wonderful to sit and talk about the death of Jesus and what it means, although Daniel was quick to point out he rose again as well! We prayed and got the combi home. What a wonderful way for us as a family to reflect on Good Friday.