Saturday, 4 October 2008

Lord of the Miracles: Mes Morado

Updated 4 July 2012 

October’s known as the purple (morado) month here in Peru, due to the large number of believers who don a purple tunic for the entire month. Mes Morado is also known as the Lord of the Miracles (el Señor de los Milagros) because of an image of a black Christ that was drawn on a small hut. It was drawn by a slave and stayed up even after many people tried to get rid of it. It even survived a major earthquake when everything else around was left in shambles.

A major procession is carried out every year. Lasting 24 hour, the streets fill with devotees who come from all over Peru and Latin America to participate in this event. The procession passes by slowly as people take turns to shoulder the large heavy image weighing 2 tons, of the black Christ. Although people may only carry it a couple of steps, it’s considered an honour to shoulder the weight and people young and old can be seen carrying the Lord of the Miracles. Smaller processions are carried out in towns all over Peru as well.

One tip to remember is that speaking Spanish will help you greatly. You'll be treated differently than if you speak English all the time and it'll help you assimilate to Peru. If you're looking to learn Spanish, check out Fluenz Spanish, Rosetta Stone, and Synergy Spanish.

In addition to prayers, hymns and processions, October also means turrones, which are a sticky sweet desert sold throughout the streets in October. Doña Pepa is the most favourite brand and well worth trying. Find out more about Peruvian food in this article. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, there are plenty of other amazing trinkets that you can find, ranging from rosaries, images of saints, candles and medallions. If you get the chance to go to the Lord of the Miracles procession, it’s definitely something that you don’t want to miss.

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