Last week the very small pueblito of La Tirana - about 550 people live there - had their annual festival commemorating their Virgin del Carmen. Between 200,000-250,000 people travel there for the celebrations throughout the week. They have groups of dancers, lots of food is sold, they sleep in tents/sleeping bags, etc. That area is very warm during the day and quite cold at night - typical desert weather in the wintertime. While we didn't go there, we did find these lights at a roundabout in Iquique and wanted to share them.
CHURCH DISTRICT ACTIVITY
The building we meet in has been repaired from all the earthquake damage and we're meeting in it again while the other building is now being renovated. Our district had an Open House last Friday and invited all the members and their friends. It's a bigger building than the other one so we had plenty of room for everyone. The missionaries had been asked to provide the games and they did a terrific job!
The members, friends, and investigators all enjoyed themselves!
THE REGIONAL MUSEUM AT IQUIQUE
At the Regional Museum at Iquique we enjoyed learning about the people who lived in this area thousands of years ago. They're Amayaran in descent and one of the things they did was when someone died they mummified them - all people, not just the royalties. With this being the driest desert in the world, they've been able to dig up hundreds of mummies with many, many more still in the ground. The oldest they've been able to find have been between 6,000-5,000 BC.
This one is a mother with her baby.
Various hats used by the Amayaran people in ancient times.