There's a lot more to October than Halloween: Happy birthday to the Incas in Peru
Tuesday, October 21, 2003
Christian Science Monitor (Boston, U.S.)
Puno is a town in southern Peru that throws a great birthday party. Legends say that the first Inca king and queen were born on Lake Titicaca on Nov. 5. The celebration starts on the island of Titicaca. Indians dressed up as the first Incas are rowed to the shore of the lake at Puno. People in colorful costumes wait on the shore with music and dancing. Special folk dancers perform the Diablada, or Dance of the Devil. They try to appear as horrible as possible to scare children, just as many trick-or-treaters try to look scary on Halloween.