Peru Holidays and Festivals
Peruvians have a variety of secular holidays. In addition, there are certain religious holidays that are celebrated regularly.
Each community or village has its own festival in recognition of the local patron saint. The communities celebrate their special days annually with fiestas that are often extravagant and costly to stage. The success of these fiestas requires a great deal of volunteer work on the part of community members. Financial support comes from festival sponsors known as ayordomos, who typically will be helped by other family members. Sometimes families even incur great debts to ensure a successful fiesta. These religious holidays are important celebrations of religious devotion, help affirm the community's identity and, on occasion, serve political purposes.
National holidays include the following:
|Date ||Holiday ||Festival||Location|
|January 1||Año Nuevo|
|February 2|| ||Virgen de la Candelaria||Puno|
|February or March ||Carnaval|| ||National|
|March or April||Semana Santa|| ||National, but most famous in Ayacucho|
|May 1||Dia de los trabajadores>|
|May 2-4|| ||Alarcitas Handicrafts Fair|
Dia de Santa Cruz
|June ||Corpus Cristi|| ||National|
|June 24||Inti Rayni|| ||Cuzco|
|June 29||San Pedro y San Pablo|| ||National|
|July 16||La Virgen del Carmen|| ||Cuzco and Lake Titicaca|
|July 28 - 29||Fiestas Patrias|
|August 30||Santa Rosa de Lima|| ||Lima|
|September 24|| ||La Virgen de la Merced||Puno|
|October 8||Batalla de Angamos|| ||National|
|October 18||El Señor de los Milagros|| ||Lima|
|November 1||Dia de Todos los Santos |
All Saints Day
|November 2||Dia de los Muertos|
All Souls Day
|Did you know? An important day on a Native Peruvian's calendar is November 2, the Day of the Dead, when spirits are believed to walk the earth again, visiting their relatives. |
|November 5||Puno Day || ||Puno|
|December 8||Dia de la Purísima Concepción|
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