Among the Peruvian traditions of the north, Tumbes has some of the most joyful and entertaining ones of our territory. We encourage you to visit this incredible city.
In the northern Peru where beaches, delicious food and cheerful people abound, we find Tumbes, the smallest region of Peru; but, at the same time, one of the warmest. Tumbes is one of the most popular destinations during the summer season, so if you are planning your next summer trip, here are 5 traditions that the people of Tumbes have.
ANNIVERSARY OF TUMBES
Among the peruvian traditions of each region is the celebration of the anniversary of the founding of each city. In Tumbes, the anniversary of the declaration of independence is celebrated on January 7. In fact, it was the first city to gain independence from the Spanish rule, making it a truly special celebration. Each year, festivities, a serenade to the city and a fireworks display are organized.
DANZA DE LA PAVA – (HEN TURKEY DANCE)
This dance from Tumbes is quite peculiar and original, both for the rhythm of the music and the dance steps. It became popular during the 1960s and, since then has become a traditional dance. The dance steps are inspired by the movements of the creole turkey and recreate the courtship act of the wild turkey, making it quite striking.
What characterizes this dance are the dance steps of the hen turkey, which consists of escaping from the tom turkey's approximation. what a fun show! As for the music, it follows the Peruvian tradition of being influenced by various rhythms such as the marinera, festejo and huayno. Currently, this typical dance of Tumbes is being working to revive and maintain.
The Cumananas are part of the cheerful folklore of Tumbes, they are compositions in quatrains or tenths that are sung to the rhythm of harps and guitars. The lyrics are quite mischievous, naughty and infectious. Tumbes Cumananas are also Cultural Heritage of the Nation. A Peruvian pride!
EL AGUA DEL SOCORRO - (EMERGENCY WATER)
In Tumbes it is customary to take children who are not yet baptized to a ritual called "el agua del socorro" (emergency water). This is done as an "emergency baptism". In the past, this was done when the unbaptized minor was seriously ill and had to resort to this type of improvised baptism at home. It was accompanied by prayers and used holy water, white flowers and a candle. The one who conducted the ceremony was usually a friend or relative.
Currently, they are also performed as a pre-baptism and their main purpose is to ward off evil spirits that may torment unbaptized young children.
DECEMBER 8, PATRONAL FEAST
To commemorate the Virgin Immaculate Conception Day, patron saint of Tumbes, from December 1st to 15th (the main day being the 8th), the entire city celebrates with different allegorical events. It begins with a serenade to the city, masses, processions, a parade with floats and musicians. In addition to regional fairs where the best of Tumbesian cuisine and local art are displayed. Horse races are also held near the Tumbes River as well as places with mechanical games. Quite a party!
Now that you know more about the customs of Tumbes, we encourage you to visit it and fall in love with its charms.