In the ancient empire for this holiday people put on the best clothes, military officers carried with them to the capital the best weapons, officials wore parade costumes. Of course, too much has changed since then, but the real holiday clothes and jewelry of Indians can be seen at this festival. The
beginning of the feast of Inti raimi was preceded by two days of preparation, during which it was prescribed to observe fast, not to light any fire. On the feast day, sacrifices were made to the sun, attended by the supreme ruler of the empire, Sapa Inca, who was considered a direct descendant of the deity. Of course, the modern festival is without sacrifice and fasting, and the role of the first person of the state is performed by an actor. Then according to ancient traditions the feast began, and nine days were set aside for all celebrations. Today, these days are filled with folklore performances by Indians of different tribes. The festival annually brings thousands of participants from Latin America and tourists to the city of Cusco.