Inti Raymi -- Festival of the Sun -- takes place in Ecuador

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Indians from the province of Imbabura decked out in oversize hats and brandishing whips dance in the main square of the town of Cotacachi to to commemorate the day of San Juan in the Catholic tradition and the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun in Ecuador, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The men arrive in Cotacachi and proceed to the symbolic capture of the main square, where only the police separates the different communities to avoid violence between them. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Indians from the province of Imbabura decked out in oversize hats and brandishing whips dance in the main square of the town of Cotacachi to to commemorate the day of San Juan in the Catholic tradition and the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun in Ecuador, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The men arrive in Cotacachi and proceed to the symbolic capture of the main square, where only the police separates the different communities to avoid violence between them. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Indians from the province of Imbabura decked out in oversize hats and brandishing whips dance in the main square of the town of Cotacachi to to commemorate the day of San Juan in the Catholic tradition and the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun in Ecuador, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The men arrive in Cotacachi and proceed to the symbolic capture of the main square, where only the police separates the different communities to avoid violence between them. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Indians from the province of Imbabura dance on the road on their way to Cotacachi, to to commemorate the day of San Juan in the Catholic tradition and the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun in Piabia Chupa, Ecuador, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. All of them arrive in Cotacachi and proceed to the symbolic capture of the main square, where only the police separates the different communities to avoid violence between them. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
An Indian man of the province of Imbabura dances to commemorate the day of San Juan in the Catholic tradition and the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun in Cotacachi, Ecuador, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Inti Raymi is also a celebration of reclaiming an indigenous identity which had been lost for a period of time. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
A young man from the province of Imbabura whistles while he dances during celebration of the day of San Juan in the Catholic tradition and the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun in Cotacachi, Ecuador, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The dances are performed only by men stamping their feet to encourage Mother Earth to be rejuvenated for the new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Indians from the province of Imbabura dance in the main square of the town of Cotacachi to to commemorate the day of San Juan in the Catholic tradition and the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun in Ecuador, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The feast feature dancing and drinking during its seven day duration. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Indians from the province of Imbabura decked out in oversize hats and brandishing whips rush into the main square of the town of Cotacachi to to commemorate the day of San Juan in the Catholic tradition and the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun in Ecuador, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Music, dance and vast amounts of chicha, a fermented corn beberage, are consumed in vast quantities during the feast. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Indians from the province of Imbabura decked out in oversize hats and brandishing whips dance in the main square of the town of Cotacachi to to commemorate the day of San Juan in the Catholic tradition and the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun in Ecuador, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The men arrive in Cotacachi and proceed to the symbolic capture of the main square, where only the police separates the different communities to avoid violence between them. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Indians from the province of Imbabura decked out in oversize hats and brandishing whips and Ecuador's flag, rush into the main square of the town of Cotacachi to to commemorate the day of San Juan in the Catholic tradition and the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun in Ecuador, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The men arrive in Cotacachi and proceed to the symbolic capture of the main square, where only the police separates the different communities to avoid violence between them. Fatalities have occurred when violence has broken out between the groups. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Indians from the province of Imbabura decked out in hats and brandishing whips, arrive dancing to the main square of the town of Cotacachi to to commemorate the day of San Juan in the Catholic tradition and the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun in Ecuador, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. All of them arrive in Cotacachi and proceed to the symbolic capture of the main square, where only the police separates the different communities to avoid violence between them. Fatalities have occurred when violence has broken out between the groups. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Indians from the province of Imbabura arrive dancing to the main square of the town of Cotacachi to to commemorate the day of San Juan in the Catholic tradition and the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun in Ecuador, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. All of them arrive in Cotacachi and proceed to the symbolic capture of the main square, where only the police separates the different communities to avoid violence between them. Fatalities have occurred when violence has broken out between the groups. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
A father takes his son in arms as they walk from Piabia Chupa towards the town of Cotacachi to participate in the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun in Ecuador, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. During the feast hundreds of men dance stamp their feet to encourage Mother Earth to be rejuvenated for the new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Indians from the town of Peguche, play local Sanjuanito music on their guitars as they celebrate the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun during the Catholic feast day of San Juan in Peguche, Ecuador, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The men wear masks that used to represent the devil but now more comercial masks are also worn. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
An Indian wearing a mask, from the town of Peguche walks during the celebration of Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun during the Catholic feast day of San Juan in Peguche, Ecuador, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The revelers drink copious amount of chicha, a fermented drink made from corn, and dance at each other houses during a feast that unites pre-Columbian and Spanish Catholic traditions. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Indians from the town of Peguche, play local Sanjuanito music on their guitars as they celebrate the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun during the Catholic feast day of San Juan in Peguche, Ecuador, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The men wear masks that used to represent the devil but now more comercial masks are also worn. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Dancers are reflected on a mirror as they celebrate the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun during the Catholic feast day of San Juan in Peguche, Ecuador, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The celebration that has men dance around town as they visit each other's houses lasts seven days. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Indians from the town of Peguche play their guitars as they celebrate the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun during the Catholic feast of day of San Juan in Peguche Ecuador, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. During the feast hundreds of men wearing strange costumes dance by roads and streets of the area. They drink chicha, a fermented corn drink and visit and dance in homes of their friends. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
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Inti Raymi -- or the Festival of the Sun -- takes place late every June in many South American countries. The purpose of the indigenous ceremonies is to rejuvenate mother earth and the sun, so the land is ready for the next agricultural cycle. Many celebrations include men dancing, dressed in oversized hats and brandishing whips, to commemorate the day.

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