Inti Raymi
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Inti Raymi, known as the festival of the sun, was the celebration dedicated to the Inca sun god, Inti Raymi. It occurs at the winter solstice where the earth is the furthest away from the sun on its axis, at Sacsayhuamán each year.

It was the most important celebration back during the Inca Empire and consisted of many dances and musicians to accompany the animal sacrifices. It was banned by Francisco de Toledo, as he didn't want it conflicting with the beliefs of the Roman Catholic faith. Since 1944, a theatrical representation of the Inti Raymi celebration has been taking place at a site near Cusco; it attracts thousands of visitors from near and far.