There are many festivities and fiestas to partake in during your trips to Peru, and Cuzco has no shortage of offerings.
Planning a vacation around some of these popular local events can be highly rewarding. Obtaining a window-like view into the culture of Peru can be highly symbiotic, and may even end up turning that window into a mirror, where you’ll find yourself emulating the people you see. It becomes very easy to find yourself dancing to rhythms, eating vibrant food, and sharing a few words with locals.
When it comes to Cruz Velacuy, or, Velacuy Cross, you may find yourself swept up in some lighthearted religious fun.
What are the origins of Cruz Velacuy?
The beginning of this important tradition can be traced back several centuries when Incan culture reigned. At first, it was difficult to view the cross as anything other than ideological conflict and struggle due to the Spanish conquest, but over time, the new religion and old traditions evolved. As Catholicism became increasingly popular, so did this event. Crosses became household objects, and the elegant cathedrals constructed at the end of the Incans reign began to increasingly house worshippers from all around.
What are the traditions associated with Cruz Velacuy?
People in Cuzco, and some of the communities and neighborhoods surrounding it, spend several months gathering resources, and planning the event. Someone with economic standing is given the title of “Godfather” to do most of the planning. The Godfather then hires musicians and throws a fundraising event to help pay for the event itself. On May 2nd, the vigil of the cross takes place, in which people carry crosses from peaks, hills, and shrines. The big day, May 3rd, thousands of parishioners enter the city to worship crosses and pray in vigils all day.
Music and food is served throughout the festivities, and a fireworks display caps off the night in an incredible way. On May 4th, the main cross is removed from the butlers home, and brought to its original location, marking the end of the event.
Cruz velacuy 2018 urubamba
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Why are events like these important for you?
In places like Cuzco, you’ll meet people from all walks of life. Throw in some live music, food, and fireworks, and there is no telling what kinds of people you will run into. The world around us revolves no matter what happens, and events like these help tailor the world into a more cheerful place. If you plan to come out to Peru anyway, why not increase your travel itinerary to include special events.