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Inti Raymi 2016 in Cusco

29 April 2016

The Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun was an Inca ceremony was conducted on an annual basis in Cusco, the capital of Tawantinsuyo, between the final period of the harvest and the beginning of the vernal equinox of the Andes, ie in the second half of June.

The Inti Raymi at the time of the Incas was the equivalent of what today is for us the New Year's party. Solar celebration was a party which was beginning a new year and ended all previous crop year between the months of May or June, while the new agricultural cycle was started from July, so that the period since the last week of June and early July was a period of transition from old to new agricultural year one, then the party was dedicated to that event.

 

History

more than six centuries the Inca Pachacutec instituted the Feast of the Sun God. The cusqueños today still represent the Inti Raymi with the same fervor with which their ancestors made. This party in its contemporary version takes place on June 24 since 1994, when the festivities were instituted in the city in memory of their ancient origin and cradle of the great Inca civilization.

 

What is it about this date?

It was an Inca ceremony performed annually in Cusco, the capital Tawantinsuyo between the final period of the harvest and the beginning of the vernal equinox of the Andes, ie ie in the second half of June. The Inti Raymi is equivalent to what is now the New Year festival is celebrated.

 

Scenarios

On June 24, the feast in honor of the Sun God, is done in the three historical and natural landscapes that are commonly used for the staging:

  1. Qorikancha (gold Cerco): In Inca times was the main temple dedicated to the sun.
  2. The Plaza de Armas (the old Auqaypata or Plaza del Guerrero): During Inca times, this vast square was fully developed ceremony in the great ushnu or ceremonial platform.
  3. Saqsaywaman (voice derives from the Quechua "saqsay" and "waman" which translated into Spanish means "saciate Falcon"). This impressive archaeological site is 3,555 m.s.n.m., one kilometer Inca Qolqanpata neighborhood.

Ceremonies

  • Ceremonial site
  • 4 Suyus report or Regions: Qollasuyu, Kuntisuyu, Antisuyu and Chinchaysuyu.
  • Rite of Chicha
  • Rite of Sacred Fire
  • Sacrifice Flame (Andean camelid) and omens.
  • Rite Sankhu (holy bread)
  • Q'ochurikuy (popular exaltation).
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