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In a traditional Cusco festival whether Catholic or Inca in origin you can witness the manifestation of vitality, pride and happiness.Christian festivals are based on the pre-Hispanic tradition of the Taki (meaning “sing and dance”, in Quechua) dedicated to pagan gods.The celebrations boast rich programmes, which include parades, dances, processions, pilgrimages, dinners, handicrafts and agricultural fairs as well as other events. These celebrations freely alternate between sensuality and spirituality, order and temporary chaos, the past and the future.The festivals of Cusco form a radiant rainbow, whose colours bring together sounds, flavours, textures and scents and with a vigorous sense of lively theatre they reinvent the history of Cusco and produce a merging of Man and nature.

Qoyllority

Qoyllority is a quechua word which means Snowstar or Shining Snow. The people of this zone are also a stream of Taytacha Qoylloriti (The sir of the Replacement Snow). This a old religious procession only practiced by the inhabitants of the big Andes. Every year, days before the celebration of Corpus Christi, every small village or clan send a delegation with colorful dancers and “pauluchas” to the Capilla del Senor Qoylloriti. This is situated of the beginning of the mountain Sinakara in the village of Mawayany, at 4600 meters above sea level.
Los pabluchas represented alpacas and are intermediares between the Sir Qoylloriti and his men. Therefore the climb at 4 o’clock in the morning the gletzjer Sinikara while they ask for a grow of their groups of animals. During the party the people who partipated in the prosession praise our Fatima Lady to have good luck in business, life and future. The end of the prosession takes place at the ancient Inca capital of Cusco with the processions of Corpus Christi, streets filled with people and squares with music and color.

Virgin of Carmen.
Four hours from Cuzco, in the town of Paucartambo, thousands of devotees hold festivals in honor of the Virgen del Carmen, known locally as Mamacha Carmen, patron saint of the mestizo population. The gathering, that raises the curtain on these days of celebrations is held in the main square, where troupes of musicians play their instruments while richly dressed choirs sing in Quechua. The setting gives way to a series of ingenious choreographies that portray events in Peruvian histFor five days, dance companies in various costumes (Doctorcitos, Waca Waca, Sarjas) take to the streets to accompany the Mamacha throughout the entire procession through the main square, the church and the city streets. On the main day, the virgin is borne aloft in a procession to bless those present and scare away demons. The dancers take to the housetops, performing daring gymnastics, showing off their colorful Inca and colonial garb. At the end of the procession, war is waged on the demons, from which the faithful emerge in triumph. Finally, the gathering ends up in the cemetery to render homage to the souls of the dead

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