The Festival or Paid (payment) is celebrated to celebrate the harvest and the fertility of the earth. In Andean customs and traditions every August 1st(and throughout the month) there is a great devotion to thepachamama “mother earth”.
Throughout the region of Cusco, offerings and ceremonies are made in honor of the Earth Mother. The primary aim is the restoration of the reciprocity between the human being and the nature.
Ritual is a symbolic way to give back to Mother Earth what she has given you and what we can aspire to our deepest desires about life, what we want to achieve in our life and what we want for our loved one.
In Cuzco households where people devotion is greatest, people clean their homes and businesses with the smoke of incense and pour yellow mixture, chicha and coca leaves around the house for prosperity. Also, in main places and some spiritual centers, like the Square ofSaqsayhuaman, communal offerings are made where the Andean priests reinact the ancestral ceremonies, to the Pachamama, so that they may satiate her hunger and blessingsmay be brought forth.
Pachamama, or Mother Earth
Is the supreme goddess honored by the indigenous peoples of the Andes including Peru, Argentina and Bolivia. She is referred to as both the physical earth planet, also as the universal female energy in time and space.
Her name literally translates as Pacha – meaning world, earth, universe; And mom, that means mother. She is the Mother of the World. She is still honored in ceremoniesthroughout the Andes, to thank her for what the earth provides.
Every day we thank Mother Earth for our corn and for the work of the spirits of nature. Pachamama is our paradise, our glory, and our final resting place.
In Cusco we on August 1, we make an offering to Pachamama, because on this day the mother earth, Pachamama is hungry, and we offer food, sweets, chicha, corn and coca leaves.