DECEMBER: THE MONTH OF SANTURANTIKUY (SALE OF SAINTS). THE EXPRESSION OF ART IN ALL ITS FORMS.
One of the most important features of the Historic Center of Cusco are the various festivals that concentrate people of Cusco and visitors throughout the year; Many of these festivals are of colonial origin and even Inca and have remained almost intact as a manifestation of the great cultural heritage. All these festivities are part of our identity through the years.
The Santurantikuy takes place on 24 December every year, is held at the Main Square of Cusco ... Traditionally Santurantikuy is considered as a popular art fair that brings artists, artisans and farmers in the region who offer their handmade products of popular imagery and creativity with Catholic religious icons alluding to sacred motivations. Today the reasons have expanded into other icons of popular culture and fine works can be found silverware, ceramics, toys, carving, candle making, sewing, fur, etc.
Similarly, Santurantikuy offers the fair: "Hampirantkuy" or "fair herbs," which follows the popular custom in use creativity to build the Christmas crib and herbs they carry are part of the decor. Regional plants of all kinds of freshly picked green and fresh scent brought by the farmers of various villages near Cusco. The Santurantikyu is a popular space for art, culture, history and identity that deserves to be valued and indisputably visited to appreciate the diversity of material and intangible wealth are part of a heritage that now belongs to humanity.