The Feast of the Inti Raymi, which is also referred to as The Feast of the Sun or The Solemn Easter of the Sun is another Ecuadorian cultural event that occurs in June of each year. This holiday is a tribute to the Sun God, thanking him for his kindness to the earth. The ceremony is full of ancestral symbolism and also incorporates reading of coca leaves and
ritual animal sacrifice. This Feast also takes place in tandem with the summer solstice, thanks to the advanced skills of the indigenous people with using the stars to denote the passage of time. Large groups of people come from around the world each year to witness the feast and experience the ceremony.