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Official public holidays & festivities in Peru (2018 to 2021)

Official Public Holidays and Festivities in Peru

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 - EnglishFestivo - SpanishDate/Dates
New Year’s Day Año Nuevo 01 January
Holy Thursday Jueves Santo 18 April 2019
09 April 2020
01 April 2021
Good Friday Viernes Santo 19 April 2019
10 April 2020
02 April 2021
Easter Sunday Pascua 21 April 2019
12 April 2020
04 April 2021
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. They offer a good “excuse” to come together, celebrate, dance, have great Peruvian food and enjoy. Furthermore Peru has numerous "Días nacionales" (national days) or "Días de ..." (special days) on which the country honors or celebrates important events of the past, its culture, food or natural resources.

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New Year's Eve traditions and celebrations and New Year in Peru
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01 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 Year start on the evening of December 31.
Three Wise Men celebrations or the Bajada de los Reyes in Ollantaytambo in the Sacred valley near Cusco; photo: Wayqui
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06 January
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, frankincense and myrrh.
Anniversary of Lima - The city celebrates its birthday on January 18, the day the Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro founded the colonial city in 1535
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18 January
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 its birthday on January 18, the day the Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro founded the colonial city in 1535.
Celebrations of the Virgen of Chiquinquira in Caraz, Huaylas near Huaraz in Ancash, Peru
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20 January
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 South America which derives from a portrait of Mary made in the small Colombian town of Chiquinquirá on a rustic piece of cotton cloth which miraculously recovered its colors and...
Carnival celebrations in Lima, Peru; photo: Nicolas Roberth Nichifor
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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 dancing.
Festival de la Candelaria – Carnival in Puno (Photo: El Comercio)
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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 year at the beginning of February.
Pisco Sour Day - Dia Nacional del Pisco Sour
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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 popular cocktail with the "Dia Nacional del Pisco Sour" (National Pisco Sour Day).
Valentine's Day in Peru; photo: USA Today
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14 February
Just like in numerous countries around the globe, on February 14 Peru celebrates Valentine’s Day, the day of love, romance and passion.
The Afro-Peruvian Summer Festival (Festival del Verano Negro) in Chincha celebrates Afro-Peruvian culture
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Usually around mid-February
Chincha - and here especially the district of El Carmen – in the southern Ica region of Peru can be considered as the capital of African culture in the country and is home to the largest celebrations of Afro-Peruvian art, folklore, gastronomy, music and dance each February.
Grape Harvest Festival in Peru - Festival de la Vendimia; photo: andina
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March
Since the Spanish conquerors brought the first grapevines to Peru, which prospered due to favorable climate along the southern coast, a significant wine industry developed in the region. Today cultivating grapes and producing wine and Peru’s famous Pisco plays an important role in Peru especially in the southern cities of Ica and Pisco.
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