Joy and dance at the Carnival of San Pablo – Cusco

The carnivals in Cusco are full of joy and fun. These are festivities that are celebrated throughout the week that includes the Monday and Tuesday of Carnival, which for the year 2020 falls on February 24 and 25.

How is the Carnival of San Pablo, Cusco celebrated?

Every town in Cusco has different ways of celebrating the carnival and even the city of Cusco celebrates it in its own way. The truth is that it is a party that lasts all week in which the syncretism between the Spanish colonial culture and the Andean local culture stands out.

The Carnival of San Pablo or “Qhaswa” is a holiday that has been declared Cultural Patrimony of the Nation by the extinct National Institute of Peruvian Culture since September 24, 2010. This celebration is the clear example of the fusion of colonial culture Spanish with the local Andean culture.

Carnival of San Pablo, a week-long celebration

During the 8 days of the Carnival of San Pablo, the people of Cusco thank the “Pachamama” (Mother Earth) through dances and ritual dances. The main days of celebration are:

Carnival Sunday (February 23, 2020)

Local authorities officially begin the celebration of carnivals in Cusco, particularly the Carnival of San Pablo. This is done by staging the traditional act of “Urpi Orquy”, the act of taking out the dove.

Carnival Monday (February 24, 2020)

During this day, the community members of the area perform the “Pastau Mumuy” or “Colinda Mumuy”, an activity in which the authorities and residents of the Inkaparte travel and mark their land.

Carnival Tuesday (February 25, 2020)

During the Tuesday of the Carnival of San Pablo, the contest called “The gold bandurría” is held, in which the musical groups of the inhabitants of the Incas Valley area participate.

Then, the population dances the dance of “Qashwa”, the traditional carnival dance and the festivities begin properly.

Ash Wednesday (February 26, 2020)

During this day the “Chakra Mumuy” is carried out, an activity similar to the “Pastau Mumuy”, with the difference that this time the communal lands are marked.

Carnival Thursday (February 27, 2020)

The Carnival of St. Paul Thursday continues the party! Food fairs and music shows and typical dances continue until Sunday.

Carnival Friday (February 28, 2020)

Friday of San Pablo Carnival is a spectacle of color! That day the towns of San Pablo and Tinta present their folk troupes to the contest that will dance on stages and parades.

The bandurria, protagonist of the Carnival of San Pablo
The bandurria is a stringed instrument similar to a small mandolin. It is typical of Cusco and is the protagonist of the festivities of the Carnival of San Pablo.

It is said that the bandurria must be tuned by a siren, so musicians usually leave it for a night on the banks of a river or water fountain, along with offerings of flowers and coca leaves, so that this mythological being does the respective .

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