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The beginning of the new solar year on 24 June coincides with one of the largest events in South America: the spectacular Inti Raymi festival in Peru. In the glory days of the Inca Empire, this was the most important celebration of the year. The celebration in honour of Sun God Inti was commemorated in the sacred city of Cuzco. Today, like hundreds of years ago, the event portrays the eternal matrimony between the sun and humans.
The Inca Empire was once the largest empire in the world. The sun played a very important role in the life of the Incas. They would ring in the new year after the shortest day of the year. That means on 24 June. This event at the beginning of the new solar year is also known as the winter solstice. This occasion is still marked with a large celebration. There was a time when Inti Raymi was forbidden. Writer and actor Faustino Espinoza Navarro, also known as the saviour of Inti Raymi, reconstructed the celebration as realistically as possible. And since 1944, the annual event has been attracting throngs of tourists.