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CUSCO FOLK CELEBRATION

CUSCO FOLK CELEBRATIONS

Nowadays in Cusco, the capital of the inca empire, has typical and custom celebrations like Incan and catholic mixed, to stay in Cusco, doesn’t meaning to see only buildings of rock, you should be local, we invite to you to form part of the adventure and experience.

Pretend to be Cusquenian.

 

CRUZ VELACUY

Cruz Velacuy, is a Quechua word that means: “Vigil of cross”, it is traditionally done in Cusco, its provinces, districts and neighbourhoods, starting on the 3rd of May (night of the day) and dawn of the following day (central day). The main purpose of this tradition is to worship and worship the Cross. Its origin goes back to the first decades of the eighteenth century, when it was a relatively modest private or family holiday without the lavishness it is today.

The Cruz Velacuy festivities are made by families, neighbors of the neighborhood, peasant communities, institutions, etc. Who appoint a "carguyoq" (person in charge to organize the celebrations) and is responsible for organizing and jurk'ar (compromising) families, be it friendship, respect or economic power. Committed people, instead receive as grateful of their acceptance an offering of breads specially prepared as a staircase one over another from large to small, a glass of pisco and a bottle of beer, thus signing the commitment, visit the streets To the sound of a band of musicians. Associates are committed to donations such as: Rockets, fireworks, food, beer, candles, band of musicians, etc. Important, because it minimizes the butler's expense.

 

CORPUS CHRISTI

Considered one of the most lavish celebrations of Cusco, it consists of the procession of the 15 images of Saints and Virgins from the different parishes of Cusco (Temple and churches), to greet the Body of Christ. Multitudinous celebration that takes place in the Main square of Cusco, complemented with gastronomic customs, being Chiriuchu (cold food) the representative plate of the religious festival.

Body of Christ composed of two Latin voices "Corpus Christi", these words designate the celebration of the Institution of the Eucharist celebrated by the Catholic Church on the sixtieth Thursday, the day after Easter Sunday of Resurrection.

 

INTI RAYMI

The " Inti Raymi" or " Sun Festivity" was the biggest, most important, spectacular and magnificent festivity carried out in pre-Hispanic times. It was aimed to worship the " Apu Inti" (Sun God) also known in certain sectors as " Apu P'unchau" (Day God). It was performed every year on June 21, that is, in the winter solstice of the Southern Hemisphere, in the great Qosqo's Main Plaza. In the Andean Mythology it was considered that Incas were descendants of the Sun, therefore, they had to worship it annually with a sumptuous celebration. Moreover, the festivity was carried out by the end of the potatoes and maize harvest in order to thank the Sun for the abundant crops or otherwise in order to ask for better crops during the next season. Besides, it is during the solstices when the Sun is located in the farthest point from the earth or vice versa, on this date the Quechuas had to perform diver rituals in order to ask the Sun not to abandon its children.

 

Preparations had to be carried out in the Qorikancha (Sun Temple), in the Aqllawasi (House of Chosen Women), and in the Haukaypata or Wakaypata that was the northeastern sector of the great Main Square. Some days before the ceremony all the population had to practice fasting and sexual abstinence. Before dawn on June 21st.

Pretend to be local, actually be Quechua.

YawarPeru Team.

 

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