orpus Christi, a Catholic holiday celebrated worldwide, is very distinct in Cusco. It’s the city’s most important religious festival and a public holiday in Cusco, which is celebrated with fervor. It is also the occasion that most exemplifies the synergy between Catholicism and traditional Andean beliefs and customs.
The main procession takes place with 15 adorned statues each representing a different parish church. The procession is followed by thousands of people, carrying flowers and offerings.
The Incas once paraded the mummies of dead Incas rulers through the streets, but since colonial times the ritual has been borigly changed. The purpose of Corpus Christi is to proclaim and enhance the faith of Catholics in the presence of Jesus Christ.
The beginning of this festivity is on Wednesday (one day before the procession or central day) with the departure of each saint from his temple of origin. After arriving at the Plaza Mayor, the statues of the saints are taken to the Cathedral and remain inside until the next day which is the procession.
On Thursday, all these people take their saint or virgin out of the Basilica of the Cathedral and the procession begins. The Plaza Mayor is full of people. The order in which the saints come out is as follows:
|1. Saint Antonio||2. Saint Jerónimo||3. Saint Cristóbal||4. Saint Sebastián||5. Santa Bárbara Virgen|
|6. Santa Ana Virgen||7. Saint Santiago||8. Saint Blas||9. Saint Pedro||10. Saint José|
|11. Natividad Virgen||12. Remedios Virgen||13. Purificada Virgen||14. Belén Virgen||15. Inmaculada Virgen|