The Yunza Carnival in Hualcayán

Salta a Español: Yunza de Carnaval en Hualcayán

by Elizabeth Cruzado Carranza

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The Yunza

Last weekend there was a carnival party in Hualcayán, sponsored by Lucía Huamán and her family. In this party all community members were invited, and the sponsors offered drinks and meals to everyone. Adults and children danced with huayno music (traditional music from the highlands), and with the chiroque, who is a musician that plays at the same time the drum and the quena (Peruvian flute).

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The Chiroque

On the last day of the Carnival, there was no electricity in Hualcayán, but the village continued to celebrate and enjoy the event. This was the time of the most important event of Carnival – the yunza, which is a decorated tree with prizes, like blankets, ponchos, cups and other items.  The people from the village dance around people the tree, while they try to cut the tree down with a hatchet. The person, who successfully cuts down the yunza, will organize the party next year.  Therefore, the Carnival continues each year.

After several hours of dancing, the yunza finally was cut down, and everybody ran to collect a prize. The party continued into the night, as everyone continued to dance to with the music played by the chiroque.

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Dancing around the yunza while trying to cut it down.

 

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The Dancing and Chopping continues . . .

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. . . and finally, the yunza falls and the people collect their prizes!

 

Yunza de Carnaval en Hualcayán

por Elizabeth Cruzado Carranza

El último fin de semana se celebró la fiesta de carnaval en Hualcayán, organizado por la señora Lucía Huamán y su familia. En esta fiesta todos los miembros de la comunidad estuvieron invitados, y los organizadores ofrecieron bebidas y comidas a todos ellos.

Adultos y niños bailaron al ritmo de huayno (música tradicional de los Andes), y con el chiroque, que es un músico que toca al mismo tiempo el tambor y la quena (flauta peruana).

El último día del carnaval, no hubo luz en Hualcayán, pero todos los comuneros continuaron  celebrando y divirtiéndose en dicho evento.

El evento más importante de este carnaval se celebró el día domingo; el cual es la yunza, que es un árbol decorado con premios, como frazadas, ponchos, tazas y otras cosas. La gente de la comunidad baila alrededor del árbol, mientras tratan de cortar el árbol con un hacha. La persona que exitosamente corta la yunza, organizará la fiesta el próximo año.

Así es, que el carnaval continúa cada año.

Después de muchas horas de baile, finalmente la yunza se cayó, y todos corrieron para obtener algún premio. La fiesta continuó durante la noche, y todos siguieron bailando con la música que tocaba el chiroque.

 

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