The Christmas in honor of Lachocc Child Jesus, Nativity Virgin and Native Child or, in Spanish, Navidad en honor al Niño Lachocc, a la Virgen de la Natividad y al Niño Nativo has been attached to Peru’s extraordinary list of National Cultural Heritage.
The festival is every year from December 22 until December 27 in Huancavelica, a city in the center of Peru, with the most important day on December 25.
The news goes around that the Lachocc Child Jesus shows up in different places of the region, sometimes together with his friend, the Native Child.
After inhabitants of Huancavelica discovered that the Lachocc Child Jesus could perform miracles, they attempted to kidnap him to bring him to the city. This did not work but the child promised not to leave if the inhabitants would organize a big party in his honor. Since then, they celebrate him every year in front of the San Sebastian Temple with African Peruvian tap dancers dressed in white, dancing on the music of jingles.
These days, the main part of the celebration exists of a dance competition of scissors dancers, called ‘danzaqs’ and there are images of the Lachocc Child Jesus, Nativity Virgin and Native Child everywhere.
They chose to put this celebration on Peru’s National Cultural list because of its unique demonstration and regional tradition that is kept alive.