Why are they making carpets of flowers? Probably for the same reason that we make parade floats out of roses in the U.S. Many of the flower carpets have a religious theme, as does this one below:
But others have a business theme or an ecology theme, like this one:
The colors from the flower rugs are made up completely of leaves and flower petals, as this close-up shows.
The carpets of flowers probably covered 10 blocks of the main street and no traffic was allowed on the main street. By the time we came back from church three hours later, the carpets of flowers were no longer there and traffic was back to normal:
Many of the carpets of flowers had a picture of the Savior in the middle of them:
Vendors were selling their wares on the sidewalks all along the main street. Scott paid this woman 5 soles ($2.70) for a pair of colorful, handmade, wool gloves, with the condition that she let him take a picture. She was happy to get the 5 soles and to have her picture taken:
These two women were selling flower petals: