The Andean Calendar
It is through the practice of the Andean calendar and the philosophy “Ayni” (reciprocity) 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 our cultural revival work. Intergenerational participation celebrates the essence of ancestral Andean social structures of inclusion and community.
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 possess wisdom and experience.
Kapac Raymi (Summer Solstice) / December 21
Time to celebrate the sun and receive its strength in its most potent point.
Pukllay / February — March
Couples dance for 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 (glaciers) and the sacred meteorite.
Inti Raymi (Winter Solstice) June 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
Note: This is the calendar used in our educational and agrarian projects. Wiñay Taki Ayllu offers an amazing presentation following this calendar, and recently was presented in Cusco as Nuestras Raices, Our Roots, by the Kusi Kawsay Association to raise awareness and funds.