Peru Holidays and Festivals

Peruvians have a variety of secular holidays. In addition, there are certain religious holidays that are celebrated regularly.

Each community or village has its own festival in recognition of the local patron saint. The communities celebrate their special days annually with fiestas that are often extravagant and costly to stage. The success of these fiestas requires a great deal of volunteer work on the part of community members. Financial support comes from festival sponsors known as ayordomos, who typically will be helped by other family members. Sometimes families even incur great debts to ensure a successful fiesta. These religious holidays are important celebrations of religious devotion, help affirm the community’s identity and, on occasion, serve political purposes.

Peru Festivals  Peru Festivals

National holidays include the following:

Date Holiday Festival Location
January 1 Año Nuevo
New Year
February 2 Virgen de la Candelaria Puno
February or March Carnaval National
March or April Semana Santa National, but most famous in Ayacucho
May 1 Dia de los trabajadores>
Labor Day
May 2-4 Alarcitas Handicrafts Fair
Dia de Santa Cruz
June Corpus Cristi National
June 24 Inti Rayni Cuzco
June 29 San Pedro y San Pablo National
July 16 La Virgen del Carmen Cuzco and Lake Titicaca
July 28 – 29 Fiestas Patrias
Independence Celebrations
August 30 Santa Rosa de Lima Lima
September 24 La Virgen de la Merced Puno
October 8 Batalla de Angamos National
October 18 El Señor de los Milagros Lima
November 1 Dia de Todos los Santos
All Saints Day
November 2 Dia de los Muertos
All Souls Day
Did you know? An important day on a Native Peruvian’s calendar is November 2, the Day of the Dead, when spirits are believed to walk the earth again, visiting their relatives.
November 5 Puno Day Puno
December 8 Dia de la Purísima Concepción
Immaculate Conception
December 25 Navidad
Christmas Day