There are around three,000 Peru holidays and festivals celebrated every single year. Peru celebrates the extensively identified holidays like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter, Christmas and New Year, but most of the celebrations are for a specific saint. Most of these saints are a mixture of Catholic and Andean religious traditions.

The standard operate-week in Peru lasts for six days, which is most likely one particular of the causes why there are so quite a few holidays. Lots of Peruvians get the day off on vacation, referred to as feriado, which is normally spent drinking one particular of Peru’s major beers: cristal, cusqueña or pilsen.

Most Peruvians enjoy to drink. They will treat individual celebrations and events with as substantially fervor as national holidays. Drinks are passed about on birthdays, loved ones and buddy gatherings, baptisms, sporting events, weddings, child showers and even at funerals! It is really widespread to uncover fiestas all through Peru, accompanied by not only drinks, but regular and contemporary dances.

When preparing a holiday to Peru you may possibly want to incorporate Peru holidays in your itinerary. There are Peru holidays and festivals all through the year, with these in June and July in Cuzco becoming the most preferred with vacationers.


Of course New Year is celebrated in Peru, in particular as it is one particular of the Peru holidays that gives an superb chance to drink. The celebration begins on December 31st with rounds of beer and lots of meals. At the stroke of midnight there is champagne and a toast, accompanied by hugs and goodwill. Twelve grapes are eaten by every single particular person, one particular for every single month of the year, with a secret want. Then the fireworks get started and the beer drinking starts anew for most of January 1st.


For eighteen days Puno celebrates the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria. Hundreds of groups of musicians and dancers accompany massive amounts of meals and fireworks on February 2nd when a procession carries the virgin image by means of the city. The dance of the demons has dancers wearing devil masks make offerings to Pachamama, the Earth Goddess. For the farewell the dancers are followed into the cemetery to spend homage to the dead.

Carnival is a National vacation celebrated for the complete month of February. This is when folks get wet, seriously wet. People today arm themselves with squirt guns, water balloons and buckets of water with the target to get as quite a few folks wet as achievable. In most locations it is illegal to celebrate carnival on weekdays as folks going to operate would complain to the government about finding soaked. Cajamarca is in particular enthusiastic about carnival, organizing many activities for Peru holidays for the duration of two weeks in February.

Lunahuana hosts the International Festival of Adventure Sports. People today from all more than the globe come to see and participate in kayaking, rock wall climbing, paragliding and other adventure or outside sports. The festival’s dates alter, but it is generally held in February.

March – April

In March or April Peru holidays center about Semana Santa, or Holy Week, which normally starts on the Thursday ahead of Easter Sunday and continues by means of Easter. Traditionally, drinking is shunned for the duration of Semana Santa except for wine, and meat should really not be eaten except for fish. Many shops will not sell alcohol on these 4 days, but quite a few Peruvians nevertheless uncover a way to drink, in particular on Saturday and Easter Sunday. There are Holy Week processions in most Peruvian cities beginning from the Plaza de Armas or Key Square. Ayacucho hosts the most well-known Semana Santa celebrations which get started on the Friday ahead of Palm Sunday. In Ayacucho it is traditionally believed that Christ is dead for the duration of the week till Easter Sunday, for that reason sin does not exist for the duration of that time.

Cuzco celebrates the Lord of the Earthquakes on Easter Monday which blends Christian and Andean traditions. The Procession is to spend homage to Taitacha Temblores, as it is believed that an oil painting of Christ stopped an earthquake in the year 1650.

May possibly

On the 1st of May possibly el Dia de los Trabajadores (Labor Day) is celebrated Nationally by taking the day off from operate and drinking. From the 2nd to the 4th Puno holds the Alarcitas Handicrafts Fair Dia de Santa Cruz. At this time hundreds of sellers collect collectively to sell thousands of handmade products like alpaca wool sweaters, jewelry, paintings, tapestries, wood crafts and scores of imaginative products from Peru and Bolivia.


This month is when Peru holidays seriously get started to choose up. Corpus Christi is a national vacation which has generally been taken more than by Cuzco. Hundreds of folks crowd about the Plaza de Armas to see many Processions such as the Processions of the Saints and of the Virgins accompanied by dancers in different regular dress.

Inti Raymi celebrates the Inca Sun God on June 24th. Starting early in the day at Koricancha (the Temple of the Sun) and the Plaza de Armas in Cuzco city, the celebration then moves to the Incan Sacsayhuaman structure at about noon. Thousands of folks collect to see the recreation of an ancient Inca celebration of dances and worship to the Sun God in which two llamas are sacrificed.


In the town of Paucartambo, just a couple of hours from Cuzco, La Virgen del Carmen is celebrated for 5 days, with it really is principal day becoming July 16th. Conventional dances, costumes and homage to the dead are observed.

July 28th to the 29th marks Peru’s Independence Day which calls for a lot more drinking and fireworks across the nation. The huge water fountain at the Plaza de Armas in Lima is filled by the Municipality with two,000 liters of the alcoholic drink Pisco for every person to get pleasure from for totally free.

Cuzco is in particular crowded for the duration of most of June and July to celebrate. There are many Peru holidays in Cuzco with processions, artisans lay out their handicrafts, street vendors sell a massive assortment of meals and bands make reside performances. In the course of these occasions Cuzco gets so crowded that it can be tough to stroll just a couple of blocks.


In the seventeenth-century a Lima resident named Isabel Flores de Oliva earned fame for caring for the sick and shunning sin. These browsing for a miracle go to her shrine in downtown Lima. Her festival, El Dia de Santa Rosa de Lima, is celebrated on August 30th all through the nation, in particular in Santa Rosa de Quives in the division of Lima.


From the 22nd to the 25th Juliaca celebrates Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes in honor of the town’s Saint Patroness in which fairs, dances and folk acts are held.

Trujillo organizes the International Spring Festival in the 4th week of September. As soon as once more, there are drinking, folk shows and dancing, but this time there are visits from American and European beauty queens. Bullfighting and the Peruvian Stepping Horses contests are also held.

October On October eight, 1879 a naval battle was fought amongst Peru and Chili. This National vacation is remembered as the Combate Naval de Angamos.

From the 18th to the 28th is El Señor de los Milagros (The Lord of Miracles), the most essential of all the Peru holidays in October. This is largely a procession in honor of a slave from Angola who drew the image of a black Christ in Pachacamilla close to Lima. Though there had been many attempts to erase it, the image stubbornly stayed on the wall. Tens of thousands participate in the procession just about every year. Believers carry two tons of remains that bore the painting and stroll for twenty-4 hours beginning from the church Las Nazarenas, by means of downtown Lima, and ultimately to the church La Marced in Barrios Altos. Bullfighting season also begins in October to commemorate The Lord of Miracles.

La Noche de Las Brujas, or Halloween, is loosely celebrated on October 31st. Some consideration is paid to trick-or-treating for the young children.


All Saints Day is celebrated on the 1st, with All Souls Day following on the second. Peruvians may possibly attend mass and go to cemeteries in memory of the dead, in particular loved ones.

Puno, the folkloric center of Peru, has quite a few Peru holidays. It is founding is celebrated on the 4th and 5th referred to as Puno Days. There are military parades, drinking and dancing. A procession of masked dancers celebrate the Inca legend of when Manco Capac, the 1st king of Cuzco, and his sister and wife Mama Occlo, rose out of Lake Titicaca.


The Feast of the Immaculate Conception on the 8th is celebrated by two of the issues that Peruvians enjoy most – good meals and lots of beer. Christmas celebrations commence on the 24th when the drinking begins. At midnight the official celebration starts, often gifts will be exchanged, but there will generally be a round of champagne.