11:30 | Cusco (Cusco region), Jun. 24.
The esplanade of Sacsayhuaman in Cusco will shine and resound today, June 24, as every year since 1944, with Inti Raymi or Sun Festival
—a majestic Andean celebration that re-enacts the ancient Inca ritual of Sun worship.
Held once a year in Cusco —capital of former Tahuantinsuyo Empire— the observance marks the beginning of the new agricultural cycle.
This year, on the occasion of its 75th anniversary of reinstatement, the festivity will turn green as it will incorporate a sustainability component and a goal that is expected to be achieved by 2020.
"The aim is to earn a certification —a seal of sustainability— in the short term. We want a green-themed Inti Raymi," said Fernando Santoyo, Chairman of the Board of Municipal Company of Festivities in Cusco (Emufec).
A number of sustainable practices have been identified to this end. "This year, for example, expanded polystyrene and single-use plastics will be prohibited at Sacsayhuaman in order to mitigate the carbon footprint of celebrations, including Inti Raymi."
It must be noted the Sun Festival is expected to become a sustainable and environment-friendly festivity by 2020.
This cultural manifestation pays tribute to Inti (Sun God) in order to thank and ask him for a new crop year full of prosperity.
The ceremony will consist of three scenes staged in three different places (Qoricancha Temple, Cusco's main square, and Sacsayhuaman Fortress) and will draw thousands of tourists
, as usual.