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Inti Raymi (Quechua: inti = the sun; raymi = celebration)

Inti Raymi is the celebration of the God Sun, the most venerated god in Inca religion. According to Inca tradition, Pachatutec, the first Inca, created the Inti Raymi to celebrate the winter solstice which marked the first day of the New Year in the Inca calendar. The winter solstice begins on June 21 but according to the Incas, the sun stays in the same place until the 24th when it finally rises. Therefore, every year on June 24 the festival of the Inti Raymi takes place in the city of Cusco… Read more