The Inti Raymi festival in Peru

by / Wednesday, 11 May 2016 / Published in Travel

Inti Raymi

The Inti Raymi festival in Peru is a feast of the Sun God and Patchamama (Mother Earth), the main Gods of the Inca civilization. These Gods were considered to be the initiators of all that exists. They rule over the destinys of mankind and the world!

This Inca festival of Inti Raymi is the most comfortable, large and interesting celebration to be executed in Cusco as it was initially dedicated to an Incan ruler, considered to be a demigod for his public. The Sun was to be worshiped and presented sacrifices to evade that it would leave the Earth and its children during its long journey while it ensures its return providing heat and joy.

Interesting question is when is Inti Raymi celebrated? It is because, it is held on the 24th of June at present time, while the reliable celebration took place on the 21st of June, a Southern Hemisphere winter solstice. It was moved on the 24th possibly because to prevent it would merge with other Christian feasts.
This Cusco festival of the Sun 2015 takes you not only to the famous Inti Raymi celebration, but also invites you to continue to the impressive Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Inca´s jewel – Machu Picchu.

A number of reasons compelled the Inca civilization to make sacrifices and offerings to their king, a personification of the Sun, to which they owed their existence! On the other hand, if corn harvest was good during the last agricultural year, it was required to be thankful, and if the harvest was poor, it was essential to ask to be compensated better next year. The final reason was that the sun moved away in June (during the winter solstice) so the temperatures dropped and water was freezing at dawn. Therefore, it was essential to ask the Sun for its return to stay close at dusk and not move away northward. In conclusion, it was essential to prove the sun (the eternal and absolute gift of its children) their submission and respect.

When is Inti Raymi celebrated? Initially, it was celebrated precisely on the winter solstice, which is on the 21st of June. At present, the celebration has been stimulated on the 24th of June. Inti Raymi has been still celebrated on the authentic date by people living in distant places of the Andes.

Cusco festival of the Sun 2015 permits you to completely learn about the Inca´s culture and have a once in a life experience with the numerous colorful, festive and cultural events at this time.