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January the 1st: Deliver of sticks
Description: At the beginning of every year the oldest men of each community meet to name the candidate who will become into maximum authorities of their town: the Varayocs.

From the 1st to 6th: Churches and Houses of Cusco exhibit typical birth-house ornaments.

Day 6th: They show the "Descent of the Three wise men": in a religious festivity performed in Ollantaytambo.

January 19th-20th (Perachapchi or Pera Chapchy): San Sebastian. Patronal Festival of San Sebastian. Bull runs, men take flowers in their hats, procession and folklore with typical dances.
 
 
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January 20th Ch'iriaje (Cheraque)
Province of Canas, district of Yanaoca (community of Checa)
Ceremonial fight among the inhabitants of the communities of Checa and Quechue. These people participate in a fighter play in order to originate the fertility of the land. The winner community is the one with the most quantity of lands. Men are carrying their weapons: slings, leather and wood whips, dressed with waistcoats decorated with flowers. Women helped taking care of horses and recollecting stones. They also encourage men singing. Peru Contest among men from different sectors in order to determinate who is the strongest and the bravest. This fight is performed in different towns and from ancient times.

January 20th VIRGEN DE BELEN (Virigin of Belen) She is considered as the patroness of the city of Cusco, the image is sumptuous due to the wealth of its jewels.

CUSCO, 1, Exchange of sticks. Ceremony in which communal authorities "Varayoc" perform the exchange of power or power transmission, which generally lasts one year.

14th, San Antonio de Abad, Acomayo. According to the popular tradition, he is considered as the "Patron of pork butchers". The celebrations to honour this Saint can last up to a week.



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