From the ruins of Tiwanaku, the President of the State, Luis Arce led the Andean, Amazonian and Chaqueño New Year’s ceremony on Tuesday, receiving the first rays of the sun and auguring good fortune. At Puerta del Sol, the president participated in the ceremony with amautas, or Andean priests, and heads of ayllus from highland communities raising their hands in the direction of the star. He was accompanied by former President Evo Morales. The leader of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) was seen near President Arce in a public act, after Monday’s meeting, where they will discuss various issues, mainly economic and development.  Arce said of the ancient ceremonial temple that it is a place full of strength, of kamasa, and that permission must be sought from Pachamama to receive the new year with hope, with good omens for a good harvest and sowing and, therefore, for the production of the land “This New Year means more harmony, more unity between each and every one of us. This New Year is going to be the year in which we are going to dance again, we are going to be able to celebrate and little by little we are going to say goodbye to the bad things that have been coming for some time. They are, well, the wishes we have for the Bolivian people, for our Bolivian brothers and sisters. We all want the best and we are all going to work for the best,” said the head of state in the chance. He added that “a new year that always gives hope to all of us, where there are always good omens, where we know that there will be a good harvest, good planting and good production in our lands,” he said. The central event began at 04:00 in the morning and representatives of diplomatic missions, local authorities and the general population were invited. While the ministers of the different State portfolios led the acts in the apachetas, located in different locations of the nine departments of the country. Located 20 km from Lake Titicaca and 71 km from the city of La Paz, Tiwanaku is a huge set of ruins that extends over an area of ​​420 hectares. The solstice festivity in the archaeological ruins – the highest in America, at 3,840 meters above sea level – began at dawn with native music, rock folklore and an offering to Pachamama, Mother Earth. After the first rays of the sun, the authorities shared an Andean breakfast, api (boiled corn grains) with fritters, and then the native folkloric entrance began with the community participation of neighboring ayllus and high school students from the highlands. In Bolivia, this festival has been celebrated since April 12, 2005, when Law 3018 was enacted and the “Aymara New Year” was declared an intangible, historical and cultural heritage of the nation, a celebration that takes place on June 21 of each year. This 2022, the Amazonian and Chaco Andean world celebrates the arrival of the year 5530 and the official program includes the beginning of the acts with the farewell of the “old year”. The government arranged at least 222 ceremonial sites of the indigenous peoples of the national territory where this festival will be celebrated.

Bolivia receives the Andean New Year; Evo accompanied Arce at the ceremony | Info tarija