It is through the practice of the Andean calendar that we comprehend traditional knowledge based on human integration with the natural cosmic cycles, and through that a profound understanding of life in balance.
These celebrations, activities and events are held at cultural centers, sacred archeological sites, among various locations, and are the essence of all of our cultural revival work. These celebrations are interconnected and interrelated, and serve as our strong framework and rooted foundation for everything we do in our communal life. Intergenerational participation of adults, youth, children, and babies celebrates the essence of ancestral Andean social structures of inclusion and community.
The activation of the Andean Calendar includes:
Machu Qhaswa / November – December
This is an ancestral dance that awakens primal beings to call for rain, and honors the elders as the strong ones because they posses wisdom and experience.
Kapac Raymi (Summer Solstice) / December 21
Time to celebrate the sun in its most potent point. Receive strength from the sun.
Pukllay / February – March
Couples dance four days celebrating, honoring and promoting fertility and abundance for all beings including plants, animals and humans.
Equinox / March 21
Celebration of the sun as it is in the middle of its path.
Harvest Time / May – June
Celebrations for harvest time.
Chakana (Southern Cross) May 3
Time to honor the Southern Cross while in its zenith.
Coylloriti / May or June
Three day pilgrimage to the sacred source of water, the glaciers, and the sacred meteorite.
Inti Raymi (Winter Solstice) Junio 21
Honor the sun in its lowest point, offer the sun strength in reciprocity.
Reciprocity Offerings / August
This is the time of year to make offerings to the Pacha before planting; reciprocity with Pachamama.
Equinox / September 21
Celebration of sun in the middle of its path.
Tarpuy (Planting Time) September
This is the calendar used in our educational and agrarian projects. Download a copy of the Kusi Kawsay SchoolCalendar_2015.