Indians dance in the circle during the Inti Raymi festival in Olmedo. According to the Andean cosmovision, a circle represents the unity within a community.
Indians, wearing colorful costumes, play guitars during the Inti Raymi celebration in Pesillo.
Old Indian women keep tradition of Inti Raymi festival and watch a procession passing through a mountain village.
Colorful processions in honor of the God Inti (Sun) can be seen not only in villages but in Ecuadorian towns too.
Pichincha province, Ecuador – June 2010
Inti Raymi, “Festival of the Sun” in Quechua language, is an ancient spiritual ceremony held in the Indian regions of the Andes, mainly in Ecuador and Peru. The lively celebration, set by the winter solstice, goes on for various days. The highland Indians, wearing beautiful costumes, dance, drink and sing with no rest. Colorful processions in honor of the God Inti (Sun) pass through the mountain villages giving thanks for the harvest and expressing their deep relation to the Mother Earth (Pachamama).