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Pucartambo's Dancers (Photo: J. Mazzotti)
Cusco's natives (Photo: J.L. Tord)
Calendar of Feasts - Cusco

"Fiesta de Ollantaytambo" (Ollantaytambo´s Feast)
January 6
Ollantaytambo, Feast that celebrates the "Reyes Magos" (Magic Kings), religious processions, great folkloric dances.

"Fiesta de San Sebastián" (San Sebastian´s Feast)
January 20
San Sebastian, religious feast of the town's patron, great folkloric dances and invitation of food and fruit.

"Carnavales" (Carnivals)
Great colorful feast and folkloric dances.

"Cruz Velacuy"
May 2

Religious-pagan feast, takes place in the country during the night, where the crosses in the hills are venerated, during the next morning these crosses are taken to the churches.

"Corpus of Coyllorite"
First week of full moon in June

Religious-pagan festivity, in which the peasant attend with their family and an image of the lord of Coyllorite, joining in a pilgrimage to the snowy mountain "Coyllorite". The men climb to its peak and should return with big pieces of ice blocks over their back in order to receive blessings. Folkloric dances, processions. During the celebration of this feast it is prohibited to drink alcoholic beverages and also to have sexual contact, that is a common characteristic in the festivities of the Andes.

"Corpus Christi"
June 11

Participate all the towns and Cuzco. Is the most important religious feast, in which all the saints and virgins images are taken from the churches to visit the image of Christ that is in the Cathedral. The processions, the street decorations, the fervor of the citizens are an indescribable show.

"Inti Raymi"
June 24

The most important folkloric expression of Cusco.

"Feria Tikaranticuy" (Tikaranticuy Fair)
December 23
Cusco, ornamental, medical and wild plants fair a colorful show.

"Feria Santuranticuy" (Santuranticuy Fair)
December 24
Cusco, colonial origin fair, it congregates hundreds of craftsmen in the Main Square, exposition and commercialization of crafts.

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