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Inti Raymi celebrated

30 June 2019

The festival of Inti Raymi is a celebration of life that takes place on the 21st of June each year in Ecuador. During this time, people gather together to share their gratitude for the bounty of Mother Earth with a variety of colourful traditional rituals.

At the centre of these festivities is the Aya Huma, a mythological entity that brings forth the "elemental energy" of the festival as well as bringing everyone together through traditional dance. During Inti Raymi, members of the indigenous communities undergo spiritual purification, renewing and strengthening their relationship with Mother Earth.

The indigenous communities divide the year into two equinoxes and two solstices, the equinox celebrating all that is feminine and the solstice all that is masculine. As such, a dualism is created within nature and it is through the festivities of Inti Raymi that we appreciate this dualism as we see it reflected within ourselves.   

Ecuador is no doubt the ideal destination to experience this festival in all its colourful glory as the magnificent fruit and flower displays are a beauty to behold.

Ms Maria Soledad Cordova Montero, Ambassador of Ecuador to South Africa has made the celebration of Inti Raymi in Pretoria an annual event sharing this beautiful ritual with her compatriots.

On 20 June 2019 the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution that it will recognize 21 June as the International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice and encouraged Member States to make efforts to raise awareness of the celebration of the solstice in its different manifestations including, among others, the Inti Raymi, the We Tripantu, the Willkakuti and Yasitata Guasú, and to organize annual events in commemoration of these celebrations.

Submissions to the Assembly were made by Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and Peru. The representative of Ecuador said that for the indigenous peoples of the Andes, the Inti Raymi is a sacred time that celebrates the grain harvest as winter in the Southern Hemisphere draws closer.  He emphasized the importance of indigenous traditions that recognize the fertility of the land, cultural heritage and strengthened ties between peoples.



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