June 24th – July 2nd
Join the colorful celebrations, traditions and reenactments of Ancient Inca rites at the central arena of Peru at Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire.
Every year thousands gather to celebrate the winter solstice and its significance in Inca folklore. Vibrant costumes, festive music and beautiful ceremonies help recreate a lively atmosphere of an age old tradition that has been interwoven with the spirituality of the Sun.
The Inca saw the sun as their natural father and most revered God, and themselves as its offspring. The 16th century chronicler Garcilaso de la Vega wrote:
”They (the Incas) made this solemn celebration to the Sun God in gratitude for having him and worship him as the highest, only and universal God who with his light and virtue raised and sustained all things on the Earth. And in gratitude for him being the father of the first Inca, his wife, and their children, and all his descendants that were sent to the Earth for the universal benefit of people. For these reasons this celebration was the most solemn of celebrations”
We are, literally, the offspring of the sun – created from the stars both physically and spiritually. This is why so many ancient cultures, such as the Sumerians Egyptians, Gnostics, Inca and Maya, all referred to themselves as the ”Children of the Sun” or ”Children of Light”.
Below is a video from the Inti Raymi festival in 2015
Please note: this event is not run by The Spiritual Sun. Please contact the organizers directly or visit their website if you would like more details about this event.