Festivals in honor of the Virgen del Carmen are celebrated in various regions in Peru on or around July 16. The festivities include processions, street parades with traditional and indigenous dances, music, colorful costumes and lots of Peruvian food and drinks. Some festivals feature reenactments of events in Peruvian history.
On the principal day of the religious celebrations streets are decorated and the Virgin del Carmen is carried through towns in colorful processions accompanied by thousands of worshippers.
Celebrations are extremely enthusiastic in Paucartambo 3 hours from Cusco (a week-long festival is celebrated called Mamacha Carmen festival), in Ayacucho, in Celendin 4 hours from Cajamarca and in Callao (Virgen del Carmen de la Legua festival).