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Location
: Cusco.
Date: January 01.

The Power of a Scepter

At the start of every year, the elders of each community in the area (the yayas) come together to designate the candidates who are to become the highest authorities of their villages: the Varayocs.

In a festival that features gallons of chicha (maize beer) and llonque (sugarcane alcohol), the mayor or Varayoc receives the scepter or vara that symbolizes his power. This pre-Hispanic custom has been glossed over with Occidental formalities.

The varas are crafted from local wood varieties such as chonta palm, black hualtaco, huallacán or membrillo, measure around a meter in length and are inlaid with gold and silver (Cusco's Town Hall features a small museum that exhibits some superb examples).

When a Varayoc steps down from his post, he ceases to hold any post in his community ever again, and becomes one of the venerable elders.


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Other Peruvian Traditional Festivities

Jan Entrega de Varas , El Chiaraje , Marinera Festival
Feb Virgen de la Candelaria , Tinca de Vacas , Carnivals ,
Lunahuana Adventure Sports Festival
Mar La Vendimia Wine Festival , Crosses of Porcon , Easter Week
Lord of the Earthqueakes
Apr Peruvian Paso Horse Festival , Easter Week
May Virgen de Chapi , Señor de Muruhuay , Festival of the Crosses ,
Qoyllur Rit'i
Jun Inti Raymi , San Juan , Saint Peter and Saint Paul , Corpus Christi
Jul Virgen del Carmen , Independence Day , Yawar Fiesta
Aug Santa Rosa de Lima
Sep Virgen de Cocharcas , International Trujillo Spring Festival
Oct Virgen del Rosario , Señor Cautivo de Ayabaca , Señor de Luren ,
The Lord of the Miracles
Nov All Saints Day and Day of the Dead
Dec Andean Christmas , Santuranticuy Holiday , Virgen del Carmen ,
The Offering to the Earth (Pachamama)
 

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