CORPUS CHRISTI IN CUSCO

The celebration of Corpus Christi used to be celebrated in the whole country, but the Fiesta is most impressive in Cusco. Fifteen saints and virgins, organized in several processions, arrive from different places to the cathedral of Cusco where to came to “greet” the body of Christ, sixty days after Eastern Sunday. During the day you can hear the sounds of the Maria Angola, the biggest Church Bell of Peru, built during XVI century by Diego Arias de la Cerda. The night before the main day twelve tipical dishes are prepared and consumed, including cuy chiriuchu), beer, chicha (tipical local beer) and bread.

The procession on the main day takes places at around 11:00am. The Plaza de Armas will be crowded with people that came to see the saints. After the procession, the saints go back to the cathedral and the representatives of the local communities come together and discuss local problems.

After seven days (el octavo), the saints participate in the procession again before going back to their places where they will remain for the rest of the year. Corpus Christi is a very colourful and traditional ceremony. For the foreign visitors an excellent opportunity to taste Peruvian traditional culture real close.

Corpus Christi in Cusco  Corpus Christi in Cusco

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


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