Public Holidays in Peru
Peru, a country renowned for its rich history and diverse landscapes, celebrates a multitude of public holidays that reflect its deep-rooted cultural heritage and the unity of its people. These holidays provide a window into Peru's past, its indigenous roots, and the unique fusion of pre-Columbian and Spanish influences that define the nation.
New Year's Day (Año Nuevo) - January 1st
The year begins with joyous celebrations, music, dance, and fireworks. Families and friends gather to welcome the New Year with enthusiasm and hope.
Feast of the Three Wise Men (Día de Reyes) - January 6th
Also known as Epiphany, this holiday celebrates the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus. In Peru, it involves processions and the sharing of "rosca de reyes," a sweet bread.
Holy Week (Semana Santa) - Date Varies
A deeply religious observance, Holy Week features processions, reenactments of the Passion of Christ, and elaborate decorations in churches across the country.
Labour Day (Día del Trabajo) - May 1st
Peruvians join the global celebration of workers' rights with parades, rallies, and cultural events highlighting labor achievements.
Independence Day (Fiestas Patrias) - July 28th-29th
This is one of the most significant holidays in Peru, commemorating its independence from Spanish rule. Festivities include folk music, traditional dance, and indulging in Peruvian cuisine.
Feast of Santa Rosa de Lima (Día de Santa Rosa de Lima) - August 30th
A day to honor the patron saint of Peru and the indigenous people, it involves religious processions and prayers.
All Saints' Day (Día de Todos los Santos) - November 1st
Families visit cemeteries to honor their deceased loved ones with flowers and candles. It's a day of remembrance and reflection.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Día de la Inmaculada Concepción) - December 8th
This Catholic holiday celebrates the Virgin Mary's immaculate conception and is marked by processions, music, and traditional dances.
Christmas (Navidad) - December 25th
Christmas in Peru is a vibrant celebration featuring nativity scenes, lively music, and the consumption of traditional dishes like "panetón" and hot chocolate.
New Year's Eve (Nochevieja) - December 31st
The year ends with parties, fireworks, and the tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight to bring good luck for each month of the upcoming year.
Peru's public holidays offer a glimpse into the nation's history, its deep spirituality, and the enduring importance of family and community. Whether you're drawn to the colorful processions of Holy Week or the lively festivities of Fiestas Patrias, these holidays provide a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Peruvian culture and traditions. So, plan your visit to Peru accordingly to experience the country's vibrant tapestry of celebrations and its breathtaking natural wonders.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|Public Sector Holiday||December 07||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Immaculate Conception||December 08||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Battle of Ayacucho||December 09||Saturday||Public Holiday|
|Christmas Day||December 25||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Public Sector Holiday||December 26||Tuesday||Public Holiday|
|New Year's Day||January 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Maundy Thursday||March 28||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Good Friday||March 29||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Labour Day||May 01||Wednesday||Public Holiday|