Customs

In February Cuzco Wears Color and Joy

A Traditional Woman Enjoying a Frutilladas

February is an exciting month in Cuzco. The city dresses in color and  happiness for lots of reasons. This is when we celebrate the days of compadres and comadres, as well as the enjoyable festival of Carnival.

As a result, people who come to these fiestas wear outfits that are very colorful and pleasing to look good throughout February. They expecially rely on the color scheme of the flag of Tawatinsuyo, with its bright, distinct colors of the rainbow. These are the colors that stand out the most in Cuzco.

Woman Dancing Around the Yunza Tree
Woman Dancing Around the Yunza Tree

Women will wear white blouses, multicolored skirts, and hats. Their clothes are meant to delight and bring joy. A clear example is the ladies of the markets. They have the custom of wearing these clothes all month long while working their stands and selling to the public. They try to share their happiness and joy with other people.

Men will wear black hats, white shirt, pants and black shoes. They also dress to bring joy. Specially at the moment when they cut down the tree for carnival.

But the cloths are background. People hang streamers in bright colors from the necks of the dancers and paint their cheels with colored flour.

Costumed Dancers Resting
Costumed Dancers Resting

One of the most recognized pieces of clothing is the Lliclla that women wear tied on their back. It is a carrying cloth in bright colors that still follows the tradition of our acnestors and it made in alpaca or sheep wool. Similarly men wear brightly colored ponchos with different figures on them.

When you add to this the masks, sandals, colored caps (chullos) and a few multicolored vests with sequins, you know you have the maqtillo figures who also come to our feasts, jumping and making funny movements as well as carrying the hachet to cut down the tree for carnival.

If you go out of yor home to the markets or streets people will share their joy with you by painting your cheeks with flour and putting streamers around your neck. They want to share the joy of celebration with you so you have fun in our customs during these feasts of the month of February

Food and Color for Carnival in San Cristobal
Food and Color for Carnival in San Cristobal
An Asian Tourist Dancing and Participating in Carnival
An Asian Tourist Dancing and Participating in Carnival
Dancing to the Band in Carnival
Dancing to the Band in Carnival
Feast Sponsors with Food for Guests
Feast Sponsors with Food for Guests
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