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Most of the feasts follow traditional structures based on the establishment of brotherhoods that take a certain image to be worshipped. Every year there will be a Butler (mayordomo) that will be named at the end of the year’s celebration. From then on the Butler will contact his friends and family for support. The names of the men and womenin charge will be posted in the church’s door. The butler “hooks” his friends by sending loafs of bread with a card asking for food, drinks, music, dress for the image and that inclues meals before the day of the feast. On the day of the feast any one approaching should be treated to some food and drink as a matter of good manners. If participation in the feast is required a dealing could be arranged with the appointed Bultler. Contributing with food and drink will be welcomed.
In the following list a visit to Cusco and Puno can coincide with certain celebrations. The dates correspond to the solar calendar. Some feasts are held according to a lunar calendar such as Easter. So plan holidays to enjoy watching a festival held accordingly.
January 20 th. San Sebastian.
February 2 nd. Mamacha Candelaria. Puno.
February 3rd. San Blas Feast.
February Carnivals: Qoya, Calca, Cusco.
Monday of Easter week.
Easter in Cusco.
May 2nd-3rd. Crosses. Cusco and all towns of Peru.
Qoyllr Rit’i: Monday and Tuesday of the full moon week 60 days after Easter. Cusco.
Corpus Christi: Thursday of the week 60 days after Easter Sunday. Cusco.
June 24th. Inti Raymi. Cusco.
June 29th. San Pedro. Cusco.
July 16th . Mamacha Carmen – Paucartambo. Cusco.
July 24th . Santa Ana. Cusco.
July 25th .Santiago. Cusco.
July 31st . San Cristobal. Cusco.
August 1st. Cusco’s new year.
August 5th. Copacabana. Bolivia.
August 15th. Mamacha Asunta. Calca. Qoya. Cusco.
September 8th. Mamacha Natividad. Cusco.
September 14th. Señor de Huanca, San Salvador. Cusco.
September 30th . San Jeronimo. Cusco.
October 8th . Virgin of the Rosary. Cusco, Andahuaylillas, Combapata.
November 1st. and 2 nd All the Saints and the Dead Saints in Cusco and throughout Peru.