St. Peter and St. Paul celebrations in Peru
Date: Tuesday, 29 June 2021
Christians around the globe celebrate St. Peter and St. Paul’s day on June 29. In Peru this day is a public holiday on which mainly the faithful in coastal communities and cities honor these two saints in special masses and processions.
As St. Peter is considered the patron saint of the fishermen, in Peru mainly communities along the coast have larger celebrations.
In Callao and Lima’s district Chorrillos for example the day starts with a mass in honor of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Then fishermen carry the statue of the Apostle accompanied by singing and praying in a procession to the shore where it is placed on board of a decorated boat.
Declared a National Patrimony in 2018 the Fiesta de San Pedrito in Chimbote in the Ancash region attracts lots of local and foreign worshippers. It is considered to be the most emblematic religious expression of the cultural and historical identity of Chimbote.
The feast day starts early in the morning with a mass. Then the statue of Saint Peter is paraded through town in a large procession. In the Huanchaquito neighborhood it is brought on board of a decorated vessel and the procession continues accompanied by many other boats on the ocean before the statue is returned to the church. In town celebrations with artisan and food fairs continue.
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