Official public holidays & festivities in Peru
(2017 to 2020)
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.
|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:
Anniversary of Lima (Lima)
Virgen de Chiquinquirá (Huaraz)
Fiesta de Ollantaytambo
Marinera Dance Festival, Trujillo
FEB Festivities in Peru in February:
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:
Labor Day – Dia de los Trabajadores - Peru
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 relax and spend time with their families and friends, some union members and workers participate in demonstrations and parades.
Virgen de Chapi in Arequipa
Between April 29 and May 2, Arequipa celebrates its patron saint Virgen de Chapi. The festivities include a huge procession (usually on May 1) where thousands of singing and praying pilgrims make their 15 km (9 miles) long way from Arequipa to Sanctuary of the Virgin de Chapi, which houses one of the most important images of the Virgin Mary in Peru.
Alasitas Fair - Festival of the Crosses in Puno
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 origin in the indigenous Aymara culture, actually lasts 8 to 10 days. Held in the Barrio Bellavista close to Puno’s city center about 2000 artisans and vendors sell dreams and things people want in their lives, such as homes, cars, money, passports, and much more, but all in a miniature version. A great carnival-like atmosphere full of old customs and traditions.
Lord of Torrechayoc - Señor de Torrechayoc in Urubamba, Cusco
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. The festival includes a mass, dance presentations, colorful traditional costumes, lots of good food and drink, cockfights and a procession to the small chapel of the Lord of Torrechayoc out of town.
JUN Festivities in Peru in June:
Corpus Christi in Cusco
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; a really colorful and traditional affair with folkloric dance groups and music bands.
During the celebrations, the statues of saints and virgins are taken out of their church and are carried in colorful processions on thrones and litters to Cusco’s cathedral on the main square where they remain a week. Then they are returned to their church in another procession.
The festivities are accompanied by typical food and drink, colorful costumes, dance and music. Traditionally on the eve of the main Corpus Christi celebration day 12 different typical dishes are prepared including the famous ‘Chiriuchu’, a spicy dish with guinea pig served cold.
Chachapoyas Tourism Week – Raymillacta in Chachapoyas
This week-long festival in the jungle city of Chachapoyas in Peru’s northern Amazonas region includes a traditional costumes parade, a local craft fair, a gastronomic festival, indigenous art exhibitions, a music festival, dance presentations with traditional dancers from nearby communities and other social and cultural activities.
Sondor Raymi in Andahuaylas, Apurimac
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 of the origins of the Chanka people, an ethic group inhabiting the area between 1200 and about 1400. According to legend Usquwillca (or Uscovilca), a mythical figure, emerged from the Pacucha lagoon, subdued all local civilizations and then started a sometimes quite bloody military expansion campaign.
The main celebration take place at the Pacucha Lagoon and the Chanka archaeological site of Sondor, where a mystic religious ceremony is held.
JUL Festivities in Peru in July:
AUG Festivities in Peru in August:
OCT Festivities in Peru in October:
Nacional Cuy Day
National Marinera Day
Battle of Angamos
Day of the Creole Song - Dia de la Cancion Criolla