Central and South Andean communities celebrate Pachamama on August 1, but preparations start the eve before.
In the central and southern Andes, August is the coldest month, and it is hard to stay healthy during this time. That is one of the reasons we honor Pachamama. Also, the planting season begins soon, and Pachamama rituals prepare the community for the important planting work ahead.
This is basically New Year in the southern hemisphere. Like many other cultures, we perform cleaning rituals.
Our families cook all night on July 31st. Then we go to a water place and make an offering to Pachamama before enjoying a family feast. We also toast Pachamama with Chicha, the Andean corn beer.