Corpus Christi is an important traditional religious festival in Cusco. It shows the syncretism of the Andean traditions which were replaced by Catholic celebrations at the time of the conquest and during the colonial period.
On the eve of this special day, images of the saints and virgins of 15 parishes start in procession from their respective churches accompanied by priests, inhabitants and majordomes. They are brought to the cathedral in what is called "the entrada" and then they are reunited in the cathedral where they stay for a week, for the greatest joy of the faithful who come to pray and admire their magnificent costumes.
The typical food of this festival is the traditional "Chiri Uchu" made up of small pieces of roasted guinea pig, hen, dried meat, sausages, cacao, cheese, turjas of corn flour, roasted corn, qocha-yuyo and rocoto. Other stands also serve chicharrones, anticuchos, etc. And of course beer and chicha.
On Thursday or central day the party begins with the procession of the Holy Sacrament in its silver chariot, followed by the Saints and Virgins in the Plaza de Armas where thousands of people have gathered. Tradition has an established order for the procession from the time of the colony, so that the order of output of the images is as follows:
1. San Antonio of the parish of San Cristóbal
2. St. Jerome of the parish of the district of San Jeronimo
3. San Cristobal de la Parroquia de San Cristóbal
4. San Sebastián of the parish of the district of San Sebastián
5. Santa Barbara of the parish of the district of Poroy
6. Santa Ana of the parish of Santa Ana
7. Santiago Apostle of the parish of Santiago
8. San Blas of the parish of San Blas
9. St. Peter of St. Peter's Parish
10. St. Joseph of the parish of Belen
11. Virgin of the Nativity of the parish of Almudena
12. Virgin of the Remedies of the church of Santa Catalina
13. Purified Virgin of the parish of San Pedro
14. Virgin of Belen of the parish of Belen
15. Virgin of the Immaculate Conception also called "La Linda" of the Cathedral.
After the procession of the images, these are kept inside the Cathedral where they remain until the "octave" that is to say until eight days after Corpus Christi. The day of the "octave" begins with another procession of the Holy Sacrament followed by the various Saints and Virgins who return to their parishes of origin once the procession is completed. Already in the parish of the image, in the effervescence of the party and in the middle of the hubbub with music and alcohol, the new majordome or "carguyoq" takes the oath. He will manage the festival money for the next year.