Around the globe the Christian community celebrates Corpus Christi 9 weeks after Easter. In Cusco, the Corpus Christi celebration is probably the most important religious happening of the year; a really colorful and traditional affair with folkloric dance groups and music bands.
During the celebrations, the statues of saints and virgins are taken out of their church and are carried in colorful processions on thrones and litters to Cusco’s cathedral on the main square where they remain a week. Then they are returned to their church in another procession.
The festivities are accompanied by typical food and drink, colorful costumes, dance and music. Traditionally on the eve of the main Corpus Christi celebration day 12 different typical dishes are prepared including the famous ‘Chiriuchu’, a spicy dish with guinea pig served cold.