Photo of the Week: A Year’s New Morning at Qoyllur Riti


Photo of the Week: A Year’s New Morning

Señor de QoyllurityFaith, tradition and the light of a full moon guide these seekers of healing snow.
Photo by Omar Lucas/La Ceguera

Nearly ninety individuals of indigenous Peruvian descent climb down the snow covered mountain near Sinakara as part of the annual pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Sr de Ccoylloritti. Every year this event, called Qoyllur Riti, takes place in May or June, depending on the Andean calendar and to coincide with the full moon. While close to 100 people make the midnight ascent to the top to retrieve snow that is believed to be medicinal, more than 100,000 come from all over Peru to join in the feast and dancing celebration, and kneel down in celebration of the first rays of sunlight as they pass over the horizon in the morning.”


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Page has worked and traveled extensively through Argentina. Her paired love of the Spanish language and Latin American culture have put this region of the world high on her list. The vibrant and welcoming people, incredible landscapes that offer everything from seascapes to mountain highlands and exquisite cuisines are just a few of the things that keep her coming back.

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