The Prefecture of Chimborazo together with the indigenous communities of the Cacha Parish of the Riobamba canton, celebrated the Andean festival “Pawkar Raymi”, as the beginning of the new Andean year, which represents the flourishing and sharing of the products that each year delivers the ‘ Pachamama’.
In the midst of music, dance, flowers, Andean products and above all culture, the indigenous peoples and the ‘Mama Shalva’, fulfilled this ritual that represents one of the most important festivals of the agricultural cycle. Juan Pablo Cruz, Prefect of Chimborazo, recalled this festival as the flourishing of all our land, in addition to the responsibility that comes with caring for the environment, water sources, as well as reforesting and afforesting the streams that are the recharge water areas.
“Get to know what is ours, the culture and art that Chimborazo has, at the textile and fashion industry level (…) we all live these festivities in an intergenerational and intercultural way, with open arms for national and foreign tourists to participate in the new Andean year (…) they come with their children and the new generations to be part of this vision of the new Prefecture of Chimborazo,” Cruz said.
For his part, Marcelo Tuabanda, President of the Cacha Parish Board, said that this is an intercultural festival that has provided the opportunity for national and foreign tourists to be present. “Thanks to all the leaders of the Cacha parish and the visitors (…) this is what we have to offer the population (…) welcome to the prefect of the province, who works at the service of the population,” he said.
With this activity, the cultural identity of the indigenous peoples and communities was demonstrated, as confirmed by María Guacho, better known as ‘Mama Shalva’, a character from this sector, who carries out these celebrations of the Andean worldview.
“This flowering season must be in our minds and imaginations, those values that must be brought to our children and communities to strengthen this celebration of an Andean New Year (…) this is something that is in the constitution and they have left us as a legacy. our grandparents,” he concluded.