Pentecost - Festival Señor de Choquekillka in Ollantaytambo
Date: Sunday, 09 June 2019
Christians around the globe commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus on the 50th day after Easter during the Pentecost celebrations. In Peru the most enthusiastic and vibrant Pentecost festivities can be found in Ollantaytambo in the Urubamba Valley located about 70 km (45 miles) northwest of Cusco.
As so many other religious festivities in the country the celebration of Pentecost, in Ollantaytambo called the Festival Señor de Choquekillka is a merging of Catholic traditions and beliefs brought to the country by the Spanish conquerors with age-old Andean customs, rites and symbols combining the traditional Pentecost celebrations of the Catholic Church with native music, dances, rituals and food of the area.
The 4-day-festival in honor of the patron saint of the city Señor de Choquekillka - by the way a Cultural Patrimony of the Nation since 2008 - starts on the Saturday afternoon before Whitsunday with local music and dances, colorful costumes and traditional food on the main plaza in Ollantaytambo.
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