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Easter in Jujuy

Punta Corral, Tumbaya, Tilcara, Purmamarca and Jujuy Capital are preparing everything for this longed celebration that is repeated year by year.

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While in this new normality there will be limitations pilgrimages to Punta Corral, they will be carried out without compromising the protocols provided. For Easter Jujuy will have 13 frequencies Aerolíneas Argentinas and four FlyBondi between Aeroparque and Jujuy and in April two more will join the province with Córdoba.

Pilgrimage to Punta Corral and the “Virgin of Copacabana”

Circulating on RN 9 between Tumbaya and   Tilcara   It stands out, on the right hand side of the Rio Grande, a colorful hill of more than 3000 meters above sea level. Behind that elevation, in a place where the wind is the patron of the place is the Abra de Punta Corral, an apacheta (construction of stones in the form of a mound) that worships the Pachamama, Mother Earth and a Crucified Christ. Clara shows the syncretism that invades the entire Argentine North

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Every Year in Holy Week the festival is held there in honor of Our Lady of Copacabana, or the “Fiesta de la Mamita” as mentioned by jujeños. From Palm Sunday, the Virgin governs all the acts of the Passion of Christ, and on Holy Wednesday, pilgrims from all over the country, escorted by bands of Sikuris who perform huainos, carols and yaravís, begin the procession to Tilcara, to celebrate their feast.


The image of Our Lady shows her best dressed, made by the promissants, also jewelry and the place where she is located is covered with flowers. Misachics from all over the ravine arrive singing songs and supplications.


The summit moment of the holiday is the Saturday of Glory, that day all participants adorn the streets of Tilcara with arches full of flowers, to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord, after having made a night demonstration with torches to remember the Holy Burial. Our Lady of Copacabana The Virgin returns to her temple in Punta Corral on July 17, but the air is not a full feast but of pain because the Image returns to its distant temple. Already from the eve there are acts to dismiss the Mamita. After a brief procession around the town square, the return begins towards eight o'clock in the morning on the 17th, with the banner in front of the Virgin returns to her home in Punta Corral to wait to repeat the holiday the following year.

Photo credit: Jujuy House in Buenos Aires

Publication Date: 13/03/2021

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