The Corpus Christi Celebration in the city of Cusco is a religious and cultural manifestation that takes place in the city of Cusco, Peru.
There are 15 saints that with processions each one leaves their usual temple or church to make a visit to the Main Square of Cusco and then enter the Cathedral Basilica, where they will remain for 8 days until ¨La Octava¨ arrives, day in which the saints are taken out and taken to their temple or church of origin.
This Thursday, May 31, 2018, this festivity will take place. The date is always movable, just like the festivity of the Lord of Qoyllurit'i, everything will depend on the Holy Week. For Qoyllurit'i, fifty-eight days are counted after Easter Sunday, in this case for Corpus Christi, 9 weeks are counted after Holy Thursday (Holy Week) and so Corpus Christi will arrive. Cusqueños and foreigners are waiting for it to celebrate it as it should be.
The beginning of this festivity is on Wednesday (one day before the procession or central day) with the departure of each saint from their temple of origin. Each one with a procession where you find the Mayordomos or the ¨Carguyoq¨, in some cases the mayor, the faithful who voluntarily decide to accompany their saint and accompanied by a band of musicians or ¨Q'aperos¨. After arriving at the Plaza Mayor, the statues of the saints are taken to the Cathedral and remain inside until the next day, which is the procession. On Thursday all these people take their saint or virgin out of the Cathedral Basilica and the procession begins. The Plaza Mayor is filled with people. The order in which the saints go out is as follows
During the procession some carguyoqs give gifts to the assistants, objects like postcards, souvenirs, etc; they are distributed without distinction. The procession ends at approximately 12 noon after all the saints return to the Cathedral where they will remain until next Thursday when the faithful, the carguyoq, mayor and other people return their saints to their place of origin, the temple from which they were taken.
The traditional dish of this festivity is the Chiriuchu, a cold and spicy dish exquisite for all demanding palates. A mixture of 10 ingredients such as: baked guinea pig (it must be taken into account that the meat of this rodent must be tender, so that when someone consumes it, it is soft and the characteristic flavor is preserved), cau cau (fish roe), boiled chicken, jerky, qochayuyo (seaweed), chorizo, white corn, cheese, sliced red pepper and the typical torreja. This torreja of spongy consistency is the combination of some ingredients such as: corn, pumpkin and a little chicken broth during the preparation so that it has a characteristic flavor at the moment of serving.
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