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Every year in May, tens of thousands of pilgrims gather in Sinakara Valley, high in the Peruvian Andes, to celebrate Qoyllur Rit’i, at the Snow Star Festival. They celebrate the stars, honor Jesus Christ, and also honor the local glacier, which is held to be sacred.
Dancers in multi-layered skirts and musicians with drums and flutes perform during the three-day festival, a celebration combining Catholic, Incan, and other indigenous beliefs