Festival Of The Sun 2016
I was so excited to be able to celebrate Inti Raymi with the local people. The Sun Festival is the largest gathering of the year with members of each tribe coming from all four regions. There were over 500,000 people in attendance.
The Main Square (Plaza de Armas)
We were so fortunate to have balcony seats for the celebrations in The Main Square of Plaza de Armas so we had an amazing view. The first Inti Raymi was in 1412 with the last celebration in 1535, after which the Spanish and the Catholic priests banned all festivities
In 1944 the people started theatrical recreations of the original ceremony on June 24, attracting thousands of tourists each year. Men and women wear traditional colors representing their region.
In Quechan Inti means Sun and Raymi means celebration – In celebration of the Sun God, the most venerated God in Inca religion.
Coya: The Sapa Inca’s sister/wife, also known as his principal wife, and queen of the Inca empire.
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