Public holidays in PeruPeru's population is almost exclusively Christian, and so the country has a unique blend of indigenous and Catholic traditions, which is reflected in its holidays. Many holidays have their roots in pre-Columbian customs.
The holidays are characterized by colorful and lively celebrations. Traditional music, dances, costumes and parades are common during these celebrations in Peru. One of the most famous festivals is Inti Raymi, the Sun Festival, which is celebrated in Cusco in honor of the Inca sun god.
Independence Day on July 28 commemorates Peru's liberation from Spanish colonial rule in 1821.
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Non-floating holidaysNon-statutory holidays are written in gray.
|Jan. 1st||New Year's Day||Año nuevo|
|May 1st||Labor Day||Dia de los Trabajadores|
|May 2nd||Feast of the Crosses in Cusco (regional only)||Cruz Velacuy|
|June 7th||National Flag Day||Día de la Bandera|
|June 14th||Farmers day||Dia de los Campesinos|
|June 24th||Inca Sun Festival (regional only)||Inti Raymi|
|June 29th||St. Peter and Paul||Día de San Pedro y San Pablo|
|July 28th||Independence Day||Fiestas Patrias|
|Aug. 15th||Assumption Day||Virgen de la Asunción|
|Aug. 30th||Saint Rosa of Lima Day||Santa Rosa de Lima|
|Oct. 8th||Battle of Angamos||Combate de Angamos|
|Oct. 9th||National Dignity Day||Día de la Dignidad Nacional|
|Nov. 1st||All Saints' Day||Todos los Santos|
|Nov. 2nd||Day of the Dead||Día de los Muertos|
|Dec. 8th||Immaculate conception||Inmaculada Concepción|
|Dec. 9th||Battle of Ayacucho||Batalla de Ayacucho|
|Dec. 24th||Christmas Eve||Noche buena|
|Dec. 25th||Christmas Day||Navidad del Señor|
|Dec. 31st||New Year's Eve||Noche de San Silvestre|
Moving Holidays in Peru
|Ash Wednesday||Miércoles de Ceniza||Feb. 22nd||Feb. 14th||March 5th||Feb. 18th||Feb. 10th|
|Maundy Thursday||Jueves Santo||April 6th||March 28th||April 17th||April 2nd||March 25th|
|Good Friday||Viernes Santo||April 7th||March 29th||April 18th||April 3rd||March 26th|
|Holy Saturday||Sábado Santo||April 8th||March 30th||April 19th||April 4th||March 27th|
|Easter Sunday||Domingo de Resurrección||April 9th||March 31st||April 20th||April 5th||March 28th|
|Easter Monday||Lunes Santo||April 10th||April 1st||April 21st||April 6th||March 29th|
|Mother's Day||Día de la Madre||May 14th||May 12th||May 11th||May 10th||May 9th|
|Ascension of Christ||Día de la Ascensión||May 18th||May 9th||May 29th||May 14th||May 6th|
|Father's Day||Día del Padre||May 18th||May 9th||May 29th||May 14th||May 6th|
|Corpus Christi||Dia del Corpus||June 8th||May 30th||June 19th||June 4th||May 27th|
Peruvian festivals are also known for their elaborately prepared food. Traditional dishes such as ceviche, anticuchos and pachamanca are popularly eaten during these festivals. The custom of a feast menu with sometimes over a dozen smaller courses dates back to Inca times.