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Experience the Fiestas de San Sebastián Cusco 2020

Cusco is one of the best cities to visit throughout the year, since it has a great cultural diversity, such as Machu Picchu that is the emblem of the city to the festivities that represent the living and lasting culture.

It all starts with the festivities of San Sebastián. San Sebastián is one of the eight districts that make up the province and metropolitan zone of Cusco. Its creation was on January 2, 1857 during the government of President Ramón Castilla.

The name of this district is due to the holy martyr San Sebastián, who is the patron saintof this beautiful district. The month of January is the month of the Sebastián district. Its entire population gathers to celebrate the anniversary of its creation and its patron saint.

To be able to carry out the whole feast there is a large organization, beginning with the authorities and the Carguyoc (managers chosen the previous year). All this beautiful fiesta takes place in the main square of the town, a very important place full of culture and tradition.

Bearers Carrying San Sebastian (Hebert Huamani)
Bearers Carrying San Sebastian (Hebert Huamani)

Here you can see one of the 16 churches in the category of the Cathedral of Cusco. Inside you can see many of the paintings of the famous Cusco school, such as some by Diego Quispe Tito. Around the church, you can still see mansions that have remained since colonial times.

January 20 is the main event; it lasts 3 days—anuary 18, 19 and 20. It begins with the mass that takes place in the same square as it has a large crowd of people present.

Then it gives way to the different brotherhoods (hermandades) that prepared months before to present traditional traditional dances and bands of musicians to perform a great parade in honor of the patron saint.

Cuzco's St.Sebastian Anniversary
Cuzco’s St.Sebastian Anniversary

Food cannot be missing. A large number of food stalls in strategic locations attract everyone’s attention. The most representative dishes are Chiriuchu, pork cracklings, Pear chupe, baked guinea pig, etc. to quench thirst the stands offer chicha de jora, strawberry chicha, quinoa chicha, chicha morada, among others.

After all the parades of bands and typical dances, people proceed to choose the new Carguyoc who will be responsible for making this feast next year. The festival of San Sebastian in Cusco is guaranteed to be carried out from generation to generation and thus will last over time.

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