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Important Festivals in Our Community

The most important festival in our community is INTI RAIMI, or the sun festival. This festival occurs throughout the northern region of Ecuador. In San Clemente we begin on June 21 with a ritual of thanksgiving to the Sun God and the Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) for the harvest we receive of them. On this day begin the first harvests of corn, a sacred crop in the Andean world. Then begin the communal group dances. In San Clemente these dances last four days, from June 26 – June 29. The biggest events take place on the 28th and 29th, when the entire community concentrates in the central plaza of the community.

Another important festival is the Day of the Dead, which takes place on the 1st and 2nd of November. On this day, all of the families in the region make many loaves of bread for a ceremony the following day in the parish cemetery. During these events the visitor is fully involved, feeling from up close the customs and traditions of the Karanki indigenous peoples.
 
     
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