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