June is not just like any other months, at least not in Cusco. A number of festivals and parades take place during this time, celebrating a mixture of Inca and Catholic traditions that fill the streets of this beautiful city with loads of colors, music and unique vibes.
World-famous Inti Raymi is certainly the most important event of all, but we will reserve a special post for it. From the beginning of the month there is always something going on, and every one, from little kids to adults, will have their own moment of glory and a chance to honor the history not only of Cusco city but also of the surrounding villages.
You might for example start a day seeing a number of parades with little men and women from primary school, and later on streets and main squares be crowded with university students – that’s what the program for June 9th looks like. A few days later, older people will take the lead.
The main one among the Catholic celebrations is without a doubt the Corpus Christi, which this year falls on Thursday the 22nd. This festivity was injected in Peru during the colonial times and found its most fertile ground in Cusco. The celebration is distributed over a few days starting a whole week before the main day. The date is not fixed, but it’s calculated counting 9 weeks after Easter, approximately 60 days. ”Corpus Christi” is the Latin for ”Body of Christ”. Statues and paintings representing the main saints are taken out of the main churches and moved to the main cathedral in the central square to receive the blessings after a long and impressive parade that
fills the streets of Cusco transforming it completely.
During this occasion, people gather in the picturesque centre of the city to share a good meal with their loved ones. All typical dishes and drinks from Cusco can be found in the streets during these days: these
include, but are not limited to, the ”chiriuchu”, the ”’pan de maiz”, as well as the delicious ”chicha morada” and the unique ”Cusqueña”, the local beer.
You can download the complete presentation and full program of the events in Cusco from the webpage of the EMUFEC, the managing institution that supervises the organization and schedule of the folkoric events in Cusco. If you are in town during this month, the best thing you can do is going and joining this fantastic wave of exciting and unique expressions of the local culture.