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Inti Raymi – the Festival of the Sun in Peru

Visitors from across South America and around the world travel to Cuzco in Peru for the annual Inti Raymi festival, the most important ceremony of the Inca Empire calendar. Each winter solstice, native residents honor the Sun God marking the beginning of a new year: the Festival of the Sun.

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The 24th of June is the most important day of the festival, when a theatrical representation of the Inca ceremony takes place: the Sapa Inca –the Incan emperor-, dressed with silver and gold ornaments, calls on blessings from the god Inti, the ancient Incan sun god. Continue reading