Yesterday, more than 50,000 people gathered in the Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park to enjoy the Sun Festival, also known as Inti Raymi on the surrounding hills of Cusco.
This festival, according to information from E Turbo News, welcomed too 3,600 foreign tourists who wished to witness the main festivity of the stunning festival.
“The first ceremony was held at Qoricancha Temple, where the Inca —escorted by his entourage— sang to the Inti (Sun God)”, wrote the media.
The second ceremony took place at Cusco’s main square where the Inca reenacted the famous Two Worlds Encounter scene. The final event was performed at Sacsayhuaman Fortress, one of Cusco’s emblematic attractions.
“The Inti Raymi is a cultural manifestation that takes place once a year in Cusco — the capital of former Tahuantinsuyo Empire— between the end of the harvest period and the beginning of the vernal equinox of the Andes, in the second half of June”, said E Turbo News.
This festival is celebrated to welcome a new year and put the previous “crop year” in the past. In July begins a new agricultural cycle, and the event has been taking place for more than 6 centuries ago.