Inti Raymi – The Cusco’s Festival of Worshipping The Sun
There’s a festival celebrated in Cusco, Peru for nine days called Inti Raymi. For those who ever heard of it, they probably know that that this festival is something related to the Incan God, Inti. Yes, it is actually a celebration of worshipping the sun. The celebration involves beautiful, colorful costumes, elaborate and formal banquets, festive music, reenactment of the rituals of ancient Inca, and a lot more. If you are looking for something between mythology and magic, you should visit Cusco for the festival of Inti Raymi.
Being celebrated every year on 24th of June, Inti Raymi brings back all viewers to the ancient world of Inca people. Wiracocha, the God of Sun of the Incas, are being worshipped in this festival and it symbolizes the eternal solemn commitment of the marriage between Wiracocha and his sons, the human being. The ceremony usually takes place when the sun is the farthest from the earth, at the winter solstice. According to the myth, the ancient Inca people were afraid of the lack of sun and famine, and therefore they gathered together in Cusco in order to honor the God of the Sun to plead for his return. (Image by jspix1)
For days the celebrants would be fasting before the actual started and they would refrain themselves from any kind of physical and worldly pleasures. They would also presented their gifts before joining the lavish banquet of coca tea, chicha, corn bread and meat. Scientifically, the solstice begins on June 21st every year. However, according to the sundial used by the ancient Incas, the Pacha Unachaq, the sun will stay in the same place before it arise on June 24th. That is why 24th of June is proclaimed as Inti Raymi day by the high priest. When the sun is setting down, stacks of straw will be set on fire as the celebrants dance around the huge fire as an honor of the Empore of the Four Wind Directions of the Tawantinsuty. Back in the ancient times, before the time of setting the evening fire, no other fire was allowed on that day.
Every year Cusco watches the local and the tourists alike come and enjoy the festival together on the special day. A variety of additional events can easily be seen before, during and after June 24th. Activities such on the street during daytime and live concerts in the evening are the most common events during Inti Raymi. After the carnival of Rio, Inti Raymi is considered as the second biggest and most popular festival in Latin America. Due to the attraction for tourism, most of the expositions and concerts are free-of-charge and sponsored solely by Peruvian companies and the city of Cusco. You can easily rent chairs from the booths around the main square where the event takes place and you can also but food and drink from the street vendors. (Image by telepadune)
If you ever visit Peru someday, we suggest for you to go during the festival of Inti Raymi to witness the event with your own eyes. Inti Raymi need at least five hours to spend at Sacsayhuaman.It can be one of the best events you’ll ever seen and the one that will change your perspectives toward other people’s unique culture. Other than that, you should also know that 24th of June is also celebrated in Peru as the Peasants Day or Indians Day. It is considered as the beginning of their new year.
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