Takanakuy – Peru Christmas Fighting Festival

Takanakuy - Peru Christmas Fighting Festival

Takanakuy, which means “when the blood is boiling” in Quechua (the indigenous Peruvian language) is an annual and ancient ceremonial celebration in the Chumbivilcas Province of Peru.

Community members dine, drink, and dance together, dressed up in one of five character costumes based on historical cultural symbols, and everything culminates in a Christmas Day trip to the local bullfighting ring where people, both men and women, take turns pairing off to settle the year’s disputes.

Chanka culture, that gives hundreds of Andean villagers the chance to solve their love, honour and property problems through the force of blows as a way to put differences behind them before the New Year.