AMERICA/PERU - Hundreds of children wear fancy-dresses for the Santiago Wanka feast

Thursday, 27 July 2017


Huancayo (Agenzia Fides) – The schoolchildren of seven school institutes gave life to the start of the traditional Santiago Wanka feast in Huancayo province. With great enthusiasm, hundreds of children represented the symbolism of men working in the fields to celebrate Santiago or Tayta Shanti, patron of animals and in general of the fruits of the earth. At the rhythm of the Shakatán, the little ones carried out choreographies such as the Pagapu (tribute to the earth), the Qochaupiay (drinking trough), lucy-lucy, shakatán, scenes of matrimonial life and the livestock market with the aim of winning the Trophy of the "Santiaguito Huanca 2017 Competition". The organization of Santiaguito Huanca is part of the tradition of the Provincial Township of Huancayo and of the Institute of Youth and Culture, so that huanca tradition can be appreciated and enhanced from early infancy. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 27/7/2017)