Capodanno andino

Gli Aymara della Bolivia hanno festeggiato ieri – 21 giugno, solstizio d’estate per noi e d’inverno nell’emisfero australe dove loro si trovano – l’inizio dell’anno nuovo. All’alba – primo pomeriggio in Italia – si sono ritrovati sulle rovine dell’antica città di Tiwanaku, per accogliere insieme l’arrivo dell’anno 5.525 – secondo il conteggio usato dagli Aymara. I sacerdoti hanno guidato le cerimonie, in una festa che è culminata con una serie di abbracci collettivi all’arrivo dei primi raggi sole. Per chi vive nell’emisfero Sud si tratta del giorno più corto dell’anno: le giornate che tornano ad allungarsi a partire da quella data simboleggiano così l’inizio di una nuova vita, oltre che segnare il momento di partenza del nuovo ciclo agricolo.

Andean religious leaders perform a New Year's ritual at the ruins of the ancient civilization of Tiwanaku, Bolivia, early Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Bolivia's Aymara Indians are celebrating the year 5,525 as well as the Southern Hemisphere's winter solstice, which marks the start of a new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
People dance while they receive the first rays of sunlight in a New Year's ritual in the ruins of the ancient city of Tiwanaku, Bolivia, early Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Bolivia's Aymara Indians are celebrating the year 5,525 as well as the Southern Hemisphere's winter solstice, which marks the start of a new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
An Aymara Indian participatse at dawn, in the New Year's ritual at the ruins of the ancient city Tiwanaku, Bolivia, early Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Bolivia's Aymara Indians are celebrating the year 5,525 as well as the Southern Hemisphere's winter solstice, which marks the start of a new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Aymara Indians embrace while receiving the first rays of sunlight in a New Year's ritual at the ruins of the ancient city Tiwanaku, Bolivia, early Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Bolivia's Aymara Indians are celebrating the year 5,525 as well as the Southern Hemisphere's winter solstice, which marks the start of a new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Andean religious leaders perform a New Year's ritual at the ruins of the ancient civilization of Tiwanaku, Bolivia, early Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Bolivia's Aymara Indians are celebrating the year 5,525 as well as the Southern Hemisphere's winter solstice, which marks the start of a new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Andean religious leaders perform a New Year's ritual at the ruins of the ancient civilization of Tiwanaku, Bolivia, early Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Bolivia's Aymara Indians are celebrating the year 5,525 as well as the Southern Hemisphere's winter solstice, which marks the start of a new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Aymara Indians hold up their hands to receive the first rays of sunlight in a New Year's ritual in the ruins of the ancient city Tiwanaku, Bolivia, early Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Bolivia's Aymara Indians are celebrating the year 5,525 as well as the Southern Hemisphere's winter solstice, which marks the start of a new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Aymara indigenous musicians play flutes and drums after receiving the first rays of sunlight during a New Year's ritual in the ruins of the ancient city Tiwanaku, Bolivia, early Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Bolivia's Aymara Indians are celebrating the year 5,524 as well as the Southern Hemisphere's winter solstice, which marks the start of a new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
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