Festival of the Crosses


Date: Monday, 03 May 2021

The Festival of the Crosses, also known as Cruces de Mayo (May Crosses Festival), was introduced to Peru by the Spaniards and is celebrated in Peru mostly in towns in the Andean highlands on May 3.

Today the Festival of the Crosses is a good example of how Christian beliefs brought to the country by the Spanish conquerors and ancient local customs, traditions and feasts merged to one celebration.

Members of mostly rural communities prepare large wooden crosses and decorate them lavishly with flowers and traditional fabrics. In huge processions the worshippers then carry the crosses to neighboring churches. The festivities are often accompanied by folk music and traditional dances including the famous danzantes de tijeras (scissors dancers).

Read the detailed article here: Festival of the Crosses in Peru

Find more info about the celebration in Puno: Alasitas Fair - Festival of the Crosses in Puno


Monday, 03 May 2021
Venue / Location:
mostly in towns in the Andean highlands such as Apurimac, Ayacucho, Cusco, Ica, Junin, Pasco and Puno

All Dates

  • Friday, 03 May 2019
  • Sunday, 03 May 2020
  • Monday, 03 May 2021
  • Tuesday, 03 May 2022
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