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IMPORTANT CUSCO PARTIES


12 September, 2019


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THE MOST IMPORTANT CUSCO PARTIES

Important Cusco Parties, There are unique dates that make the trip to the Capital of the Incas a magical experience: Carnivals, easter, Corpus Christi, Inti Raymi, Christmas, New Year, are just some of the most important festivals celebrated by the population of Cusco. Meet the tradition and joy that radiates the city “Navel of the World” during those days.

1.- CARNIVALS

Carnivals is a party that is usually celebrated in february (or early march) throughout Cusco and Peru. The central days are sundays in which the population plays with each other by pouring water and talcum powder. Another tradition is to dance around the tree or “Yunza”, adorned with various gifts that people collect when cutting and falling. The carnivals are characterized by the overflowing joy during which you can taste the delicious traditional dishes of the region.

The party begins the first thursday before the central day with the day of the comadres. On that date, women celebrate their relationship of compadrazgo (amical union of a religious nature) with rich potions and fun rag dolls alluding to them. The following thursday, the day of the compadres, the men do the same with the females. These celebrations mark the prelude to the carnivals.


2.- PILGRIMAGE OF THE LORD OF QOYLLUR RIT’I

One of the most fervent and ancient religious festivals (more than 2 centuries) of the Cusco region is celebrated in the town of Ocongate (Province of Quispicanchis) at the end of may or beginning of june. The pilgrimage of the Lord of Qoyllur Rit’i (Bright Snow) is a religious rite that brings together thousands of residents and visitors who travel several kilometers on foot towards the Sinakara Shrine at 4600 m.a.s.l. and at the food of the snowy Ausangate. During the pilgrimage, the Christ of that town is worshiped with dances, music and artificial games. On average this take 5 hours of walking and reaches temperatures of -4┬║ C.

This religious festival also has a very ancient andean component in which the mountains or “Apus” ( Ancient Inca gods) are worshiped. It is believed that the origin of this holiday took place many years ago near the snowy Sinakara where an indigenous boy named Marianito Mayta befriended another blond-haired boy. After intense search, the parish priest found them. One transformed into rock with the image of Mr. of Qoyllur Rit’i in it and the other (Marianito Mayta) lifeless. There are innumerable traditions around this religious figure.

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3.- IMPORTANT CUSCO PARTIES: CORPUS CHRISTI

The most important religious festival in the city of Cusco is celebrated in June or the end of May, but always on Thursdays. Corpus Christi consists of the procession tour of the fifteen main saints and virgins of the city. It is part of the most important Cusco parties. This celebration had its origin in the Incanato, when the natives walked the mummified remains of the dead Inca rulers. Upon the arrival of the Spaniards, replace the dead Inca leaders with the most representative images of Catholicism.

The Corpus Christi festival begins the day before central Thursday, where the fifteen images, always accompanied by parishioners with music bands, make their entrance to the Cathedral of Cusco. The central day, these record the city of Cusco in procession. The party ends with the celebration where there is no lack of food, drinks and music. After seven days, each image returns to its home church. During this festival, traditional dishes of the region abound, especially the so-called “Chiri Uchu”.


4.- IMPORTANT CUSCO PARTIES: INTI RAYMI or FEST OF THE SUN

The festival of the sun (Inti Raymi) is one of the important Cusco parties that worships the sun, the Inca god, every June 24 during the beginning of the winter solstice. This celebration is characterized by claiming the ancient Inca tradition that represents their ancestral rites in the sacred places of these, such as Sacsayhuaman, Qoricancha and the courtyard of Cusco. In addition to this ancestral representation, the population also celebrates with music, dances and typical food. The sun was one of the greatest Inca divinities.

Currently, Inti Raymi takes its main stage in the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. There, the representation of the Inca is taken in steps to the main altar where he will worship the sun. He is accompanied by the representations of priests, beautiful ├▒ustas, the Inca nobility, his royal entourage and the natives of the time. Other places where the Incas revered the sun are the courtyard of Cusco and the Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun). This traditional festival is already over 70 years old. It is already part of the culture of Cusco.
The Corpus Christi festival begins the day before central Thursday, where the fifteen images, always accompanied by parishioners with music bands, make their entrance to the Cathedral of Cusco. The central day, these record the city of Cusco in procession. The party ends with the celebration where there is no lack of food, drinks and music. After seven days, each image returns to its home church. During this festival, traditional dishes of the region abound, especially the so-called “Chiri Uchu”.

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5.- IMPORTANT CUSCO PARTIES: CHRISTMAS

The worldwide Christmas celebration acquires a traditional nuance in Cusco. On december 24, the Manuelito child (Andean representation of the baby Jesus) is honored with the Santurantikuy festival, the largest craft fair in the region. In addition, the streets of the city are tinged with the christmas atmosphere. The central day, on december 25, families gather around the table, tasting the typical cuisine of the region.

The Manuelito child is the Andean representation of the Jesus child created in colonial times with the aim of evangelizing the indians. The story goes that in 1975, the craftsman Antonio Olave created the image of this shield suffering the wound of a thorn in the food, due to a story he heard about it. This child, who according to the town acquires various attributes, is the main figure of Santurantikuy (sale of saints), where apart from the crafts offered, births or representations of the nativity stand out.

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6.- IMPORTANT CUSCO PARTIES: NEW YEAR

The new year in Cusco and Machu Picchu is one of the important Cusco parties that is lived with great joy. The holiday hours before the change of year, is similar to the celebration that takes place in the rest of the world. In Cusco, gastronomy is tested as a family with characteristic dishes where the piglet predominates. Among the characteristics of the region of the cameras, the anti-clockwise tour of the Parade terrain stands out. Tourists and locals celebrate with fireworks and circling holding hands in large groups in the square. At midnight, the nights of Cusco are one of the most fervent and memorable in Peru.

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