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Señor De Choquekillka Festivity

Folklore and Religious Tradition

In Ollantaytambo we celebrate the vibrant Festivity of the Señor de Choquekillka in honor of the patron saint beginning on the second week of June.

 

Anyone who is travelling  can take the time to stop by Ollantaytambo to experience this authentic and folkloric celebration that shows you the cultures and religion of the Peruvian Andes.

 

This festivital was proclaimed as a Cultural Patrimony of the Nation in 2008. It is a spectacular example of the syncretism between the Catholic and Inca religious traditions and beliefs. Furthermore it includes shows of beautiful folkloric dances, typical foods and rituals of the region that come with the observation of Pentecost, marking the end of the Easter season in the Catholic Church.

 

During this week the town becomes crowded, since in every street there is celebration including a procession with colorful dancers in brilliant costumes. There are at least 16 different dances performed by more than 400 dancers.

 

The festival begins with the dancers parading through the main plaza on their way to the house of the sponsor, who provides them with food and drink.

 

The Señor de Choquekillka is taken out of the church in the main plaza and carried through the streets to the Temple of Santiago the Apostle in a colorful procession accompanied by musicians and dancers. This procession is followed by more festivities and fireworks at night. The nights generally involve more debauchery as the townspeople and dancers unwind after a long day of events and activities.

 

 

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