“We are in Copacabana (Bolivia) to celebrate the winter solstice or in other words, to celebrate the ‘Aymara New Year’. We came all the way from Chile to participate in several ceremonies, which are led by a group of amautas: a type of priest in the Andean Highlands. By initiating a new argricultural cycle, we carry out agricultural rituals to obtain the blessings of gods: the Pachamama (Mother Earth) and Inti (Father Sun). By making toasts, burning offerings and sacrificing various objects, we try to ensure an abundant harvest. It feels very special to be a part of it. We walked up this mountain at 4 o’clock in the morning, together with many others, to wait for the first rays of sun. Before the sun broke through, we did the offering and sacrificing and then we all held up our hands to feel the heat of the first sun rays of the Aymara New Year. This means that the solar year has ended and a new one has begun. We wished one another all the best for the coming year and for the new agricultural cycle. Being here as Chileans means that we represent all the good for Chileans in general, so we are happy to see people of different origins during this special event.”

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