Last week, UNESCO deemed the Wititi dance an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The award was accepted by Peruvian President Ollanta Humala.
The Wititi dance comes from the Colca Valley in Peru. It is normally performed in pairs at traditional religious celebrations throughout the months of November, December, January, and February. The fact that it is done in pairs is a symbol for the production cycle of agriculture.
Similar to how couples start in small relationships that burgeon into something greater, agricultural also goes through this cycle of growth.
The presentation of the UNESCO certificate took place in Caylloma. Many of Peru´s leaders attended the event to honor Peru´s traditional Wititi dance.
Additionally, the ceremony saw the presentation of 158 improved homes to the Yanque district community. Orchestrated by the Rural Housing Program, the water and sewage systems in many homes were improved, a benefit that will touch close to 3,000 people.
This ceremony was a beautiful way to honor Peruvian traditions and also to continue to better the living conditions of Peru.