This Tuesday, May 25, the Peruvian Clown Day is celebrated. Find out here all the details
Laughter has a physical effect on our body: it frees us, relaxes us and connects us with our surroundings. Whoever laughs a lot becomes a more assertive person with better self-esteem and, therefore, improves their quality of life. And, one of the great architects of this pleasant sensation is, without a doubt, the Peruvian clown, to whom tribute is paid this Tuesday, May 25, with the Day of the Peruvian Clown .
Since when is the Peruvian Clown Day celebrated?
For 31 years in Peru the day of the Peruvian clown has been celebrated with a great parade full of these curious characters. However, due to the current pandemic in the world, these celebrations will be saved for another opportunity.
Why is the Peruvian Clown Day celebrated on May 25?
This celebration pays tribute to the famous town clown ‘Tony Perejil’, José Álvarez Vélez. Said character died unaccompanied, in a hospital bed that day in 1987. When COVID-19 had not yet appeared, the celebration of this date was held in downtown Lima.
It is worth mentioning that this ceremony also allowed the participation of other circus artists such as jugglers, acrobats, mimes, magicians, stilt walkers and living statues. This inclusion gave the show more color.
How does Peru celebrate Clown Day?
How popular the figure of Tony Perejil is/was in Peru can also be seen in a tradition that has now become firmly established in the calendar of the South American country. Because the highlight of Clown Day is the annual parade on May 25th with thousands of professional clowns from all over the country. Clowns and circus artists come to Lima from all corners of Peru and parade through the center of the Peruvian capital with painted faces, in colorful costumes, large shoes and colorful wigs.
In addition to the parade, the city administration of Lima is organizing numerous workshops, circus performances and events throughout the city in cooperation with the Peruvian Asociación de Payasos y Artistas de circo del Perú and various clown schools (see also the list of related links below).
The main physical benefits of laughter are:
- Relaxes the body.
- It favors the heart and the circulatory system.
- Improves respiratory function and increases oxygenation.
- Supports the immune system.
- It has an analgesic effect due to the release of endorphins.