QOYLLORITY

Qoyllority is a quechua word which means Snowstar or Shining Snow. The people of this zone are also a stream of Taytacha Qoylloriti (The sir of the Replacement Snow). This a old religious procession only practiced by the inhabitants of the big Andes. Every year, days before the celebration of Corpus Christi, every small village or clan send a delegation with colorful dancers and "pauluchas" to the Capilla del Senor Qoylloriti. This is situated of the beginning of the mountain Sinakara in the village of Mawayany, at 4600 meters above sea level.

Los pauluchas represented alpacas and are intermediares between the Sir Qoylloriti and his men. Therefore the climb at 4 o'clock in the morning the gletzjer Sinikara while they ask for a grow of their groups of animals. During the party the people who partipated in the prosession praise our Fatima Lady to have good luck in business, life and future. The end of the prosession takes place at the ancient Inca capital of Cusco with the processions of Corpus Christi, streets filled with people and squares with music and color.

Dancers in Qoyllurity  Cruz Velacuy

CUSCO FESTIVALS

FESTIVALS DESCRIPTION PLACE DATES
The Visit of the Wise Men Folkloric and religious festival Ollantaytambo January 6
Carnivals Party for happiness Cusco February and/or March
Lord. of Tremors The brown Christ and the crimson flower Cusco The second part of March and the first week of April
Cruz Velacuy Party of the crosses and Andean spirit Cusco May and/or June
Qoyllur Rit'i The biggest indigenous pilgrimage in America Quispicanchis The first week of May
Festival of OllantayRaymi Staging of Ollantay drama, dances and typical dishes Ollantaytambo The first part of June
Inti Raymi The Inca festival of the Sun Cusco June 24
Corpus Christi The steps of the saints and the virgins Cusco June
Virgin of the Carmen Mamacha Carmen Paucartambo The second week (15-16) of July
Corpus of Santiago A religious festivity Cusco July 25
Corpus of Santa Ana A religious festivity performed in the chapel of San Cristobal Cusco July 26
Corpus of San Cristobal A religious festivity performed in the chapel of Santa Ana Cusco August 2
Warachikuy Dramatisation of Warachikuy in Sacsayhuaman Cusco August and/or September
Corpus of Almudena A religious festivity celebrated in the church of Almudena Cusco September 8
Lord of Huanca Pilgrimages and agriculture fairs San Salvador September 14
Corpus of San Jeronimo A religious festivity celebrated in the district of San Jeronimo Cusco September 30
Virgin of the Rosary Taurine fairs and preparation of Pachamancas Quispicanchis and Canchis October 10
All the Saints' Day Visits to cemeteries, Preparationj of the suckling pig Cusco November 1 - 2
Christmas in Cusco Time of integration and artistic splendour Cusco December 24-25
Santuranticuy Fair The sale of saints Cusco December 24