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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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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Qoyllur Rit’i and other important festivals take place in June in Cusco

Qoyllur Rit’i and other important festivals take place in June in Cusco

During the month of June, Cusco and its surrounding areas turn into one big, continuous fiesta. Cusco flags adorn the main Plaza de Armas, traditional music is played continuously, and kids practice their dances in the main squares. All of these details remind the people every day that it is the most important month of the year for Cusco with important festivals, such as: Qoyllur Rit´i, Corpus Christi, and Inti Raymi. The first celebration, Qoyllur Rit´i, is the largest Native Indian celebration in the Americas and takes place in the Sinakara Valley in the southern Andes of Peru.
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