Customs, Cuzco Neighborhoods

Images of the Celebration of Cruz Velakuy

A Lovely Child Veneration of the Cross (Walter Coraza Morveli)

Every year the Catholic tradition in Cuzco celebrates the veneration of the cross, called in Quechua Cruz Velakuy. The devotees of the various crosses that abound in the city demonstrate their profound faith by sitting with the cross and lighting candles throughout the whole night of May 2nd.

I went around to see what was going on at several crosses in the city, to appreciate people’s accompanying the cross with candles. It was a cold night but whole families and friends were praying, asking for forgiveness of their sins, and asking for what they desired.

At the same time I made a small photo essay of what people were experiencing that long, cold night of Catholic tradition in the Imperial City of Cuzco. Here I share with you the images.

The Night of Cruz Velakuy (Walter Coraza Morveli)
The Night of Cruz Velakuy (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Lighting the Candles (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Lighting the Candles (Walter Coraza Morveli)
The Cross of San Francisco (Walter Coraza Morveli)
The Cross of San Francisco (Walter Coraza Morveli)
The Cross of San Cristobal (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Venerating the Cross of San Francisco (Walter Coraza Morveli)
The Cross of San Cristobal (Walter Coraza Morveli)
The Cross of San Cristobal (Walter Coraza Morveli)

 

 

 

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