The Inti Raymi or Sun Festival is one of the greatest festivities celebrated in Cusco. It takes place every year on June 24. This celebration displays a representation of how the Incas carried out a ceremony to worship the sun god.
According to Inca Garcilazo de la Vega, this celebration took place every year in the winter solstice and lasted about 15 days in which there were dances and sacrifices. The last Inti Raymi with the attendance of an Inca emperor was carried out in 1535.
Due to the Spanish conquest, this festivity was forbidden in 1572 since it was considered a pagan celebration and an offence to the catholic religion.
Thanks to the festivity’s historic reconstruction by Faustino Espinoza Navarro in 1944, the Inti Raymi is once again a public celebration that receives thousands of tourists from all over the world.
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