Many celebrate the Corpus Christi festival in Cusco

Tuesday May 31, 2016
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Many celebrate the Corpus Christi festival in Cusco

Thousands of tourists and locals gathered in the centre of Cusco to join the procession of Corpus Christi. This is a traditional event that brings together the Catholic faith and the ancient Andean customs.

The event starts with the “entrance” of Saints and Virgins from different temples together with accompanied by priests, stewards and neighbours.

The stewards wear emblems and insignias with Virgins and Saints during the procession toward the Cathedral, where the principal procession will take place.

The entrance of the Saints is a spectacular event because of the “race” between the two Saints; Saint Sebastian and Saint Jerome departing from their home churches going to the cathedral at the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.

Prior to the main day there are masses and liturgical services carried by a silver carriage; after that the Virgins and Saints come.

Almost 1,250 police officers in uniform and in civilian clothes were working this day to be able to guarantee the safety of the tourists and locals during the event.

The tourists and the locals gathered in the historic centre of Cusco to join the festivities, which date back to the period of the Spanish invasion of the Inca Empire, when the royal Inca mummies were replaced by the Spanish Saints.

A special contingent was sent to air and land terminals to avoid problems with the stay of the tourists in Peru during the festival.

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