This morning, the people of Puno awoke before 4 AM to be present for the sunrise that marked the alleged 5,255th celebration of the Andean New Year, an event that coincides with the Winter Solstice of the Southern Hemisphere.
According to Andina, the annual greeting of the new solar cycle on June 21st is accompanied by offerings to the pachamama (which translates from quechua language as “earth mother”) and prayers to the Andean deities for good harvests in the coming year.
The locals perform these acts as the sun rises over Lake Titicaca, the basis for the Inca creation story that the sun god (El Inti) was born and rose from the very same great Andean lake.
To learn more about the Inti Raymi Celebration of the Sun, check out today’s feature here!
The celebration received support from the local municipality of the Province of Puno as well as the office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Puno, who announced several days ago that this year’s event would be filmed and edited into a documentary that is to be spread through 141 diplomatic missions, according to office director Iví