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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On Peruvian Clown Day Peru celebrates its clowns and other circus artists while honoring José Alvarez Vélez, better known as Tony Perejil or the Clown of the Poor
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25 May
Each year on May 25 Peru celebrates the Peruvian Clown Day in honor of José Alvarez Vélez, better known as Tony Perejil, a popular clown who died on that day in 1987.
Peru celebrates the diversity of its native languages and cultural traditions on the Day of the Native Languages
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27 May
Already since 1975 each year on May 27 Peru, a megadiverse country that unites multiple peoples and indigenous tribes, cultural traditions and languages within its borders, proudly celebrates the Day of Native Languages.
Peru’s National Potato Day – Dia Nacional de la Papa
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30 May
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 originating in Peru.
The Festival Señor de Choquekillka in Ollantaytambo (Pentecost festivities) is a great example of the merging of Catholic traditions and beliefs with ancient Andean customs and rituals
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May / June – 50th day after Easter
Christians around the globe commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus on the 50th day after Easter during the Pentecost celebrations. In Peru the most enthusiastic and vibrant Pentecost festivities can be found in Ollantaytambo in the Urubamba Valley located about 70 km (45 miles) northwest of Cusco.
Qoyllur Rit'i - Snow Star Festival, Sinakara Valley Cusco region
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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 worshippers to the sanctuary of the Señor de Qoyllur Rit’i (Lord of the Snow Star), the highest sanctuary of the world located 4,800 m (nearly 16,000 ft) above sea level...
Corpus Christi in Cusco
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May / June
Around the globe the Christian community celebrates Corpus Christi, so the Eucharist being the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, 9 weeks after Easter. While this religious festival is celebrated throughout the country, the most enthusiastic and spectacular celebration is in Cusco.
On June 7 each year Peru celebrates Flag Day in honor of the brave men who fought in the Battle of Arica in 1880 during the War of the Pacific against Chile
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07 June
On June 7 each year Peru celebrates its National Flag Day honoring the brave men that tried to protect Peruvian territory and the Peruvian flag on that day in 1880 during the Battle of Arica, one of the most important encounters of the War of the Pacific between Peruvian forces and the mighty, well equipped Chilean enemy. ...
Qeswachaka Inca Rope Bridge
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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 ropes of the Q’eswachaka bridge, the last remaining traditional Inca rope bridge, let it fall into the Apurimac river below and then rebuilt it by hand in a 3-day ceremony...
Day of the Andean Song – Día de la Canción Andina
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15 June
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.
Sondor Raymi in Andahuaylas, Apurimac
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Around 18 or 19 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 of the origins of the Chanka people, an ethic group inhabiting the area between 1200 and about 1400.
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