The Corpus Christi festival takes place on May 31, 2018, the date is always different, as is the Lord of Qoyllurit’i festival, everything depends on when Holy Week is.
The “Corpus Christi” is one of the most important religious celebrations in the imperial city of Cusco. The celebration of the corpus christi begins a day before, with the entrance of the images of the 15 saints of the different districts of the imperial city of Cusco. Each one of these saints accompanied by their stewards, musicians, dancers and devout people accompanying each of their saints, the stewards carry a banner with the image of their virgin or saint. Many times these banners are made of silver and are left in the church next to the saint.
The highlight of the Corpus Christi entrance is the spectacular race that San Sebastian and San Jeronimo undertake to try to reach the cathedral of the city of Cusco first. Very early the image of the patron saint of San Jeronimo leaves the district of the same name. About 10 kms is the image of the patron saint of San Sebastian waiting for the patron saint of San Jeronimo and they start the race throughout the av. They continue heading towards the main square of Cusco.
In these days of festivity around the parade many typical foods of the region of Cusco are sold. The most common and main dish this day is the tradition Chiri Uchu or Aji Frio, that is made from small pieces of roasted guinea pig, chicken , ch’arki, sausages, cau-cau, cheese, torrejas of corn flour, toasted corn, qocha-yuyo and rocoto. Of course to accompany this dish also sold the rich chicha de jora, cusqueña beer, purple chicha, and strawberry.
The order in which the images enter the cathedral of Cusco are the following:
1.- San Antonio of the parish of San Cristóbal
2.- San Jerónimo of the parish of the district of San Jerónimo
3.- San Cristóbal of the parish of San Cristóbal
4.- San Sebastián of the parish of the district of San Sebastián
5.- Santa Bárbara from 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.- San Pedro of the parish of San Pedro
10.- San José of the parish of Bethlehem
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 Bethlehem of the parish of Bethlehem
15.- Virgin of the Immaculate Conception also called “La Linda” of the Cathedral.
After the profession all the saints and virgins are kept inside the cathedral where they will remain until eight days after the corpus christi. On the eighth day all the saints and virgins return to their respective temples in the middle of a party similar to the one in entry.