Main Christmas Tradition Peru: Cusco Santurantikuy Christmas Fair

The Cusco Santurantikuy Christmas Fair

Main Christmas Tradition in Peru: Cusco Santurantikuy Christmas Fair

Though Christmas time in Cusco might not be what you are used to, it is an unforgettable experience to spend the holiday season in this beautiful town. If if you are traveling in Peru and you don’t know where to spend Christmas in Peru, come to Cusco! One of the great things about a Cusco Christmas is an mayor event called the ”Santurantikuy” Christmas Fair.

Christmas Fair

The Santurantikuy Christmas Fair takes place in the Plaza de Armas on the 23rd and 24th of December, the main day of the fair being Christmas Eve.
Hundreds of vendors flock to the Plaza to set up their booths, where they display various Christmas knickknacks, souvenirs for tourists and typical Christmas food.
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Celebrating Inti Raymi in Cusco

Celebrating Inti Raymi in Cusco

The festival for Inti Raymi – la Fiesta del Sol or Festival of the Sun – always occurs on the 24th of June and coincides with the Peasants Day or Indians Day in Cusco. During the time of the Inca’s, there was a tradition of worshipping the Sun God, Inti, during the winter solstice. On the Winter Solstice began the New Year for the Incan calendar. The Incas would gather together and prepare a large feast for all in attendance, praying for a good crop yield for the following year.

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Semana Santa in Cusco: A Mix of Andean and Catholic Traditions

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Semana Santa in Cusco (Holy Week), a mix of Andean and Catholic Traditions, is one of the largest and most important celebrations of the year in Cusco. It marks the events leading up to Christ’s resurrection on the cross and is normally celebrated during the last week or March or the first week of April depending on when Easter falls in the current year. In the Imperial City of the Incas, Cusco, Catholic tradition has mixed with indigenous Andean beliefs to form a unique iteration of a celebration that is found in many cities around the world.

Events begin on Lunes Santo, Holy Monday, with the procession of the black Christ around the Plaza de Armas to Plaza de San Francisco and back again, stopping at other churches along the way. The black Christ, known as Señor de los Temblores or Lord of Earthquakes, is representative of the mix of Catholic and indigenous beliefs in Holy Week. (more…)

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Magical Christmas Fair on Plaza de Armas in Cusco

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One of the hightlights of the Peruvian Christmas in Cusco, is the beautiful Christmas Market  or Christmas Fair at the Plaza de Armas of Cusco.

IT’s one of the largest fair of popular arts in Peru, and takes place yearly on December 24th, from 4 a.m. on, ever since the arrival of the Spaniards in the 16th centrury.

The market is called Santuranrikuy, a Quechua word, meaning “the selling of the saints’ (in Quechua rantikuy  means ‘sale’(‘buy’), and santu, saints).

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The Day of Creole Song and Halloween

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Every year on October 31, Peru celebrates the Day of la Canción Criolla (Creole Song). The main celebrations always take place on the Peruvian coast, where the ‘musica criolla’ is rooted, but it’s also celebrated in the Andean highlands where the music is mixed with regional music and styles that already exist.

Creole Music has suffered from influences of the international music. Hip Hop, Reggaeton, Salsa, Rock, Pop, Cumbia, and Chicha have all weakened the Creole of Peru, but at the same time it’s still very much alive.
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Pilgrimage of Señor de Huanca in Cusco

Peregrinación del Señor de Huanca en Cusco

Each year on September 14th, Peruvians and people from neighboring countries (mainly Bolivia) come to walk the Pilgrimage route of Señor de Huanca close to Cusco. At almost 50 kilometers from the Inca capital, at a height of 3,100 meters (up to 4,250 meters), it is a tough and cold 6 hour hike in the middle of the night. At the end of the trail there is a painting of a wounded Christ on a rock greeting you. The pilgrimages arriving at the spot will cleanse in the pure waters of the spring, hoping for good karma for the rest of the year. Prior to the day of the walk a week filled with festivities takes place.
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Inti Raymi Brings the Inca Past to Life

Celebrating Inti Raymi in Cusco

June is the month of “Fiestas de Cusco” and here in this magical place we have been celebrating all the festivals: the rebuilding of the Q´eswachaka Bridge, Qoyllur Rit´i, Corpus Christi, and the other daily parades in the Plaza de Armas. The city is growing with anticipation as the biggest and most important celebration, Inti Raymi, is coming up soon.  This Festival of the Sun takes place on June 24th when the sun is farthest away from the earth. This traditional, Inca celebration worships the sun and pleads for its return.

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