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Largest religious pilgrimage in the Western Hemisphere?

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Think the camino is crowded? Try this pilgrimage in Peru where a volunteer for Peru’s Civil Defense puts the total number of pilgrims at around 300,000 over the four days of the event.

Qoyllur Rit'i is a religious festival held annually in honor of the Lord of Qoyllur Rit'i (Spanish: Señor de Qoyllur Rit'i) at the Sinakara Valley in the Cusco Region of Peru.
According to local traditions, the celebration originated in 1780, when a young native herder called Mariano Mayta befriended a mestizo boy, called Manuel on Mount Colquepunku. Thanks to Manuel, Mariano's herd prospered so his father sent him to buy clothes for the two boys in Cusco.
Mariano took a sample of Manuel's clothes but could not find anything similar because that kind of cloth was only worn by the archbishop. The latter sent a party to investigate but when they tried to grab Manuel, he became a bush with an image of Christ hanging from it. Thinking they had harmed his friend, Mariano died on the spot and was buried under a rock.
An image of Christ painted over this boulder became known as the Lord of Qoyllur Rit'i which means Lord of Star Snow.
 
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