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Aymara Indians celebrate New Year by performing thousand-year old traditions

AP

Published : Jun 22, 2017, 11:34 am IST
Updated : Aug 12, 2017, 4:15 pm IST
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. (Photo: AP)
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. (Photo: AP)
Aymara Indians celebrated the new year in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, early Wednesday, June 21, 2017.(Photo: AP)
Aymara Indians celebrated the new year in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, early Wednesday, June 21, 2017.(Photo: AP)
Bolivian historians say the Tiahuanaco culture began about 1,000 B.C. (Photo: AP)
Bolivian historians say the Tiahuanaco culture began about 1,000 B.C. (Photo: AP)
June 21 to Aymara Indians marks the end of the harvest and the start of religious celebrations to honor the sun and mother earth before planting begins in September.(Photo: AP)
 June 21 to Aymara Indians marks the end of the harvest and the start of religious celebrations to honor the sun and mother earth before planting begins in September.(Photo: AP)
An Andean religious leaders perform a New Year's ritual at the ruins of the ancient civilization of Tiwanaku, Bolivia, early Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (Photo: AP)
An Andean religious leaders perform a New Year's ritual at the ruins of the ancient civilization of Tiwanaku, Bolivia, early Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (Photo: AP)
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.(Photo: AP)
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.(Photo: AP)
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.(Photo: AP)
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.(Photo: AP)
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. (Photo: AP)
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. (Photo: AP)

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