Official public holidays & festivities in Peru (2019 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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San José Festival in the northern beach town of Las Delicias near Trujillo; photo: iPeru
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19 March
Each year around March 19, the small beach town of Las Delicias located about 9 km (5.5 miles) south of the city of Trujillo celebrates the Feria de San José in honor of its patron Saint Joseph.
Peru celebrages its craftsmen on the Peruvian Artisan Day; photo: Marca Peru
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19 March
March 19 is Saint Joseph’s Day, the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, who is believed to have been a carpenter or craftsman in wood or even metal. In his memory countries around the globe pay homage to artisans and craftsmen on this day.
Easter celebrations in Peru are a quite traditional affair with some ancient customs mixed; here the procession of El Señor de los Temblores in Cusco on Holy Monday; photo: Andina
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End of March / beginning of April
Around the globe the celebration of Easter, so the commemoration of Jesus’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection from the dead, is the most important festivity in the yearly calendar for Christians; Peru, where over 80% of the population is catholic and another more or less 12% evangelic protestant, is no exception.
Marinera dance performance with Peruvian Paso Horse; photo: Marca Peru
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Mid- to late-April
Each year around mid- to late-April the National Association of Breeders and Owners of Peruvian Paso Horses (ANCPCPP) organizes the Concurso Nacional Oficial del Caballo Peruano de Paso (National Peruvian Paso Horse Competition), one of the two most important horse competitions of the country in Mamacona near Pachacamac, about 30 km (19 miles) south of Lima – the other...
Labor Day – Dia de los Trabajadores - Peru - 1st of May
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01 May
As in many countries around the globe, Peru commemorates the labor movement and the achievement of workers’ rights on May 1.
Virgen de Chapi in Arequipa, Peru
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01 May
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 across the country and abroad make a pilgrimage to her sanctuary at that time either walking for 15 hours or more through the night, joining later or arriving by car...
Festival of the Crosses – Fiesta de las Cruces in Peru
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03 May
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 in the Andean highlands on May 3.
Alasitas Fair - Festival of the Crosses in Puno
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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 origin in the indigenous Aymara culture, actually lasts 8 to 10 days.
Mother’s Day in Peru - celebrated on the Second Sunday in May
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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 their moms dedicating themselves to make this day extra special.
Lord of Torrechayoc - Señor de Torrechayoc in Urubamba, Cusco
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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.
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