Peru’s official non-working public holidays include internationally celebrated days such as New Year, Easter and Christmas, church festivals in honor of Christian saints such as All Saints Day or Saint Rose Day, a day honoring the brave men of Peru’s military that fought in the Battle of Angamos (War of the Pacific in 1879) and of course Peru’s "Fiestas Patrias", a two day celebration for the country’s independence from Spain.
Table with public holidays & festivities in Peru (EN / ES)
|Holiday - English||Festivo - Spanish||Date/Dates|
|New Year’s Day ||Año Nuevo ||01 January |
|Holy Thursday ||Jueves Santo ||29 March 2018 |
18 April 2019
09 April 2020
|Good Friday ||Viernes Santo ||30 March 2018 |
19 April 2019
10 April 2020
|Easter Sunday ||Pascua ||01 April 2018 |
21 April 2019
12 April 2020
|Labor Day ||Dia del Trabajo ||01 May |
|St. Peter & Paul ||Dia de San Pedro y San Pablo ||29 June |
|Peru’s Independence Day ||Fiestas Patrias ||28 to 29 July |
|Saint Rose of Lima ||Dia de Santa Rosa de Lima ||30 August |
|Battle of Angamos ||Combate de Angamos ||08 October |
|All Saints Day ||Dia de Todos los Santos ||01 November |
|Immaculate Conception ||Dia de la Immaculada Concepcion ||08 December |
|Christmas Day ||Navidad ||25 December |
On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve Peruvians employees usually only work half a day.
Furthermore, it is quite common in the public and private sector to have a "puente" (bridging day) if a public holiday is on a Thursday or Tuesday; meaning government agencies, offices, banks and lots of companies are closed on the Friday after / the Monday before the holiday and employees have off.
But no matter if it’s a public holiday, banking holiday, bridging day or weekend most supermarkets, fruit and veggie markets, the little bodega around the corner, restaurants, tourist attractions and other shops are open (some might have shorter opening hours especially on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and during Fiestas Patrias).
Additionally to above mentioned official public holidays valid throughout Peru, there are numerous other local feast days, festivals and celebrations in different Peruvian regions and cities that have sort of "public holiday" character only there or that just offer a good “excuse” to come together, celebrate, dance, have great Peruvian food and enjoy.
JAN Festivities in Peru in January:
Just like in many other countries around the globe, the New Year’s Day is a public holiday in Peru and celebrated on January 1. Festivities to welcome the New...
Every year on January 6 Peruvians, just as many other Christians, commemorate the arrival of the Three Wise Men or Three Kings at Jesus’ manger bearing gifts of gold,...
Even though people had been living in the area for thousands of years and developed the countryside into a green oasis with extensive fields and fruit plantations, Lima celebrates...
Each January 20 the small town of Caraz, Huaylas near Huaraz in Ancash celebrates the town’s patron saint, the Virgin of Chiquinquirá, a title for the Virgin Mary in...
Marinera Dance Festival, Trujillo
FEB Festivities in Peru in February:
Event Date:: All February
Throughout the month of February carnival is celebrated in Peru – a time full of fun, festivities, parades, balloon wars, merged together native and catholic traditions, food, music and...
Event Date:: Beginning of February
Often referred to as the folkloric capital of Peru, Puno hosts the largest cultural festival with parades, music and dance performances, traditional costumes and lots of other activities each...
Event Date:: First Saturday in February
Since 2003 Peru's National Drink, the Pisco Sour, has its own day of celebrations. Each year on the first Saturday in February, the country pays homage to its most...
MAR Festivities in Peru in March:
Fiesta of the Grape Harvest and Wine Making - Fiesta de la Vendimia (surco and Ica region)
MAY Festivities in Peru in May:
As in many countries around the globe, Peru celebrates the labor movement and the achievement of workers’ rights on May 1. While most people enjoy the public holiday to...
Each year between April 29 and May 2 Arequipa celebrates its patron saint, the Virgin of Chapi with the largest religious festivity in the area. About 250,000 worshippers from...
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...
Event Date:: Beginning of May
In Puno the Festival of the Crosses and the Alasitas Fair are inseparably linked. While the main day is May 3 for both events, the fair, which has its...
Event Date:: Second Sunday in May
Mother’s Day in Peru is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. More than 90% of Peruvians celebrate Mother’s Day; and they are extremely enthusiastic about honoring and praising...
Event Date:: Around mid-May
Usually in mid-May the people of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley near Cusco celebrate a 2-day festival in honor of their patron saint Señor de Torrechayoc.
On May 30 is National Potato Day in Peru – the day each year to pay homage and celebrate one of the most important food crops in the world...
JUN Festivities in Peru in June:
Event Date:: May / June - during full moon prior to Corpus Christi
Held each year during the full moon before Corpus Christi (May / June), the Qoyllur Rit'i is the largest pilgrimage in the Andean region taking tens of thousands participating...
Around the globe the Christian community celebrates Corpus Christi 9 weeks after Easter. In Cusco, the Corpus Christi celebration is probably the most important religious happening of the year;...
Event Date:: Early in June
To celebrate the anniversary of the province of Padre Abad in the Ucayali region, a dance festival takes place in Ucayali with different ethnic groups and traditional dancers from...
Event Date:: First half of June
In the first half of June members of four Quechua communities high in the Peruvian Andes about 180 km (110 miles) from Cusco come together to ceremonially cut the...
Since 2006 Peru pays homage to Andean music by celebrating the Día de la Canción Andina, the Day of Andean Song each year on June 15.
Event Date:: Around mid-June
Also known as Festival del Sol de Chanka (Chanka Sun Festival) or the Chanka Epic, the Sondor Raymi Festival in Andahuaylas in the region of Apurimac is an reenactment...
Each year on June 24, a few days after the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere, the largest and most important festival of the Inca Empire, the Inti Raymi...
JUL Festivities in Peru in July:
Festivals in honor of the Virgen del Carmen are celebrated in various regions in Peru. The festivities include street parades with traditional and indigenous dances, music, colorful costumes and...
Event Date:: Third Sunday of July
Every year on the third Sunday of July Peruvians celebrate one of their beloved and most consumed dishes: Pollo a la Brasa.
Event Date:: 4th Sunday of July
Since 1999, Pisco, Peru's national drink and the pride and joy of every Peruvian, has its very own day of celebrations.
Event Date:: 28 to 29 of July
Fiestas Patrias, Peru’s National Holidays, are probably the most important and most enthusiastically celebrated event of the year in Peru.
AUG Festivities in Peru in August:
On the 1st of August, Peru and here especially the southern highland regions of the country celebrate National Alpaca Day focusing on the small, fluffy camelid, honoring the challenging...
In Peru, and here especially in the Andean highlands, August 1 (and actually the entire month of August) is dedicated to Pachamama, next to the sun god Inti probably...
Each year around August 5, the citizens of Motupe, a small town about 80 km (50 miles) north of Chiclayo in the Lambayeque region, and worshippers from across the...
Founded by the Spaniard Garcí Manuel de Carbajal on August 15 in 1540, Arequipa celebrates its anniversary each year enthusiastically with festivities throughout the month.
Already in the 17th century Pope Clemente X designated August 30 to Saint Rose of Lima, the patron saint of Lima, Peru, the Americas and the Philippines. And to...
OCT Festivities in Peru in October:
Event Date:: Throughout October
It’s October and this means Limeños pay homage to their most venerated religious figure: El Señor de los Milagros or also known as Cristo de Pachacamilla.
Nacional Cuy Day
National Marinera Day
Battle of Angamos
Day of the Creole Song - Dia de la Cancion Criolla