Views 01 Jun The Traditional Festival of Corpus Christi in Cusco, Peru
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The festival of Corpus Christi in Cusco is an annual celebration which has continued tradition since Colonial times. This festival is one of the most important religious festivals in Peru.

The procession starts in the Plaza de Armas of Cusco on the 60th day after Easter Sunday with a parade of Saints and Virgins, which is this year on the 7th of June. Eight days later, they are paraded back to their corresponding places of worship where they will remain for the rest of the year.

The Traditional Festival of Corpus Christi in Cusco, Peru

This particular event brings throngs of crowds to the streets of Cusco to appreciate the effigies of Christ and the Virgin Mary. It is a festival which is treated with great respect and admiration from the Catholic community; during the processions it is common to see armed guards escorting the Virgin to the front of the Cathedral.

Each statue is dressed in elegant clothing and ornate jewels, making for a spectacular scene of fifteen figures walking above the crowds as though they are gods, with the strong Cusco sun shining on in the sparkling material.

The Traditional Festival of Corpus Christi in Cusco, Peru

   The Saints and Virgins will arrive to their respective areas in the Plaza de Armas to welcome the body of the Christ. More celebrations and offerings will be made to each of the fifteen statues. Throughout the streets of Cusco locals and foreigners alike will have the chance to discover the typical foods of each region such as Cuy (Guinea Pig),

Chicha (local beer made from corn) and Cerveza (beer). Those lucky travellers passing through    
Cusco during the Corpus Christi festival will have a brilliant opportunity to get a taste of the rich   
culture and traditions of the Peruvian people.

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