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Holidays & Events in Peru
Held in the major coastal city of Trujillo in the Gran Chimú stadium, this
10-day event features the most important marinera festival in Peru. The
marinera is a dance competition for couples organized by the Club Libertad
and also features processions of floats.
Virgen de la Candelaria
Held in the southern town of Puno, this 18-day festival attracts over 200
groups of musicians and dancers for the celebration of the Mamacha
Candelaria. The first nine days of the festival involve banquets and
fireworks displays, while the music and dancing takes place in the second
half. The most important part is the virgin procession through the town.
Carnival in Cajamarca
This month-long carnival features a series of masked parades, festivals and
parties, as well as the tradition of dancing around a tree known as the
yunza. During the dancing festivities, couples hack at the tree with axes
and whichever couple fells it must plan the following year’s yunza.
Easter Week in Ayacucho
Re-enactments of Christ’s last days on Earth can be seen with the parading
of the Virgin Mary and Saint John and the candle-lit procession of Christ.
This is followed by the resurrection later in the week.
Caballos de Paso
The mid-April Caballos de Paso in Lima is the National contest of the
Peruvian stepping horse, with horse breeders from all over Peru laying on
some fantastic shows.
Festival of the Crosses
Taking place all over the highlands region, the Festival of the Crosses is a
celebration giving thanks for bountiful harvests which stretches back for
centuries. The crosses of each community are decorated and lead through the
streets to neighboring churches.
Literally meaning St John the Baptist's day, San Juan is held all over the
Peruvian jungle region celebrating the importance of water in the Amazon
region. Iquitos sees the biggest celebrations marking the festival, which
takes place on June 24 and features many public events with much food and
Feast of the Virgen del Carmen
Held in the colonial town of Paucartambo, four hours from Cusco, the feast
honors the area’s patron and involves musicians, singers and dancers in the
town and on housetops. The procession scares away the demons, concluding at
Festivity of the Virgin of Cocharcas
This is a six-day event held in Junin and features folklore shows, fairs,
dancing and bullfights to worship the Virgin of Cocharcas Patroness of all
The Lord of Miracles Procession
The Lord of Miracles Procession is a ten-day event in Lima and the largest
religious procession in the Americas. The procession involves the showing of
the black Christ that was painted on a church wall and survived the
earthquake of 1746. The bullfight season also kicks-off at this time as a
mark of respect.
All Saints Day and Day of the Dead
Dedicated to the memory of the dead, All Saints Day and Day of the Dead see
Peruvians honoring the dead with Mass, the bringing of flowers to the
cemetery and sharing food with the dead. This tradition stems back to
pre-Hispanic times in Peru.
Held on December 24, the Santuranticuy Holiday is one of the largest arts
and crafts fairs in Peru. The fair dates back to the Vice-regency and is
held in the main square in Cuzco. Artisans sell their figurines, arts and
crafts, and pottery. Ponche is served during the chilly evenings of the
fair; this is a hot and sweet rum punch.
||New Year's Eve
|April (First Thursday)
||Holy Week (Maundy Thursday)
|April (First Friday)
||Holy Week (Good Friday)
||Día del trabajo|
||Saint Peter and Saint Paul's Day
||Día de San Pedro y San Pablo|
|July 28th and 29th
||Anniversary of Peru (Independence Day Celebrations)
||Santa Rosa de Lima's Festivity
||Fiesta de Santa Rosa|
||Naval Anniversary "Battle of Angamos"
||Combate de Angamos|
||All Saints Day
||Fiesta "Todos los Santos"|
||Immaculate Heart of Mary Festivity
||Fiesta del Inmaculado Corazón de María|
||Christmas Eve (half day)
||Víspera de Navidad|
||Fiesta de Navidad|