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Inti Raymi – Festival of the Sun

Steeped in rich history stretching back many thousands of years, Peru has a wealth of treasures to discover – including the remarkable festival of Inti Raymi. Read on for details about Inti Raymi, Festival of the Sun.

A Peruvian man in traditional dress celebrates Inti Raymi

Inti Raymi dates back to ancient times, when the Incas paid tribute to the snu god on the occasion of the winter solstice. To entice the sun god back to their land and to ensure a good harvest in the year to come, the locals would perform animal sacrifices and pay homage to Inca, the first son of the sun god.

Locals celebrate the festival of Inti Raymi in Cuzco, Peru

Fasting for days before the event, celebrants pleaded with the Sun God to return, dressing up in traditional livery, performing rituals and dances and holding a lavish feast. Banned by the Spanish invaders in the 16th Century, whose Catholic beliefs certainly wouldn’t accommodate those of the locals, the celebrations went underground for a number of years, later re-emerging as South America’s second-largest festival. Hundreds of thousands of celebrants now gather in Cuzco for a week-long celebration every June, marking the beginning of a new year.

Visit this famous festival and join in the celebration – a festival that echoes back through the ages. Read more about Inti Raymi festival here!

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