This is the Quyllurit’i, translated as “The Star Snow Festival.” For three days, Aymaras stage rituals and dances.In order to get abundant crops, they honor the stars and Our Lady of Fatima: a genuine display of Andean syncretism.This event offers a beauty queen contest, a parade (a.k.a Gran Corso), the Cilulo dance, the Huanchaco Luau and a Surfing exhibition. Mind you, Huanchaco was selected as a Surfing Wave reserve by the (ISA) International Surfing Association.The ISA wrote: “Huanchaco is one of the places where surfing was first practiced by fishermen 2,500 years ago”.Caballitos de Totora “is one of humanity’s earliest known surf crafts..”For all the talk about Huanchaco, Peruvian surfers are fabulous.This Aymara ritual elevates their consciousness while meditating about the transcendence of the soul. A growing number of American and European tourists attend the Quyllurit’i festival.Some publicize it as the “Peruvian Burning man festival.” Date: May 22 Average Attendance: Around 20,000 with tourists included.
Be prepared to see some interesting dancing and singing rituals: Although our ‘Peruvian Burning man’ has no psychedelics involved, Peru has plenty of ayahuasca.In desperation, Afro-Peruvians started to play with old wooden boxes.Little did they know that Cajon would be famous worldwide.In 2004, Peruvian Sofia Mulanovich was the first ever South American who obtained the World title.Later, she won three world tour events and was inducted into the World’s Surfer’s Hall of fame.
Today, international bands such as Coldplay interpret songs playing Rafael Santa Cruz, the nephew of Nicomedes, organized the International Festival of Cajon Peruano in 2013.