Public Holidays

Public holidays in Peru

Peru'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 holidays

Non-statutory holidays are written in gray.

DateHolidayLocal name
Jan. 1stNew Year's DayAño nuevo
May 1stLabor DayDia de los Trabajadores
May 2ndFeast of the Crosses in Cusco (regional only)Cruz Velacuy
June 7thNational Flag DayDía de la Bandera
June 14thFarmers dayDia de los Campesinos
June 24thInca Sun Festival (regional only)Inti Raymi
June 29thSt. Peter and PaulDía de San Pedro y San Pablo
July 28thIndependence DayFiestas Patrias
Aug. 15thAssumption DayVirgen de la Asunción
Aug. 30thSaint Rosa of Lima DaySanta Rosa de Lima
Oct. 8thBattle of AngamosCombate de Angamos
Oct. 9thNational Dignity DayDía de la Dignidad Nacional
Nov. 1stAll Saints' DayTodos los Santos
Nov. 2ndDay of the DeadDía de los Muertos
Dec. 8thImmaculate conceptionInmaculada Concepción
Dec. 9thBattle of AyacuchoBatalla de Ayacucho
Dec. 24thChristmas EveNoche buena
Dec. 25thChristmas DayNavidad del Señor
Dec. 31stNew Year's EveNoche de San Silvestre

Moving Holidays in Peru

HolidayLocal name20232024202520262027
Ash WednesdayMiércoles de CenizaFeb. 22ndFeb. 14thMarch 5thFeb. 18thFeb. 10th
Maundy ThursdayJueves SantoApril 6thMarch 28thApril 17thApril 2ndMarch 25th
Good FridayViernes SantoApril 7thMarch 29thApril 18thApril 3rdMarch 26th
Holy SaturdaySábado SantoApril 8thMarch 30thApril 19thApril 4thMarch 27th
Easter SundayDomingo de ResurrecciónApril 9thMarch 31stApril 20thApril 5thMarch 28th
Easter MondayLunes SantoApril 10thApril 1stApril 21stApril 6thMarch 29th
Mother's DayDía de la MadreMay 14thMay 12thMay 11thMay 10thMay 9th
Ascension of ChristDía de la AscensiónMay 18thMay 9thMay 29thMay 14thMay 6th
Father's DayDía del PadreMay 18thMay 9thMay 29thMay 14thMay 6th
Corpus ChristiDia del CorpusJune 8thMay 30thJune 19thJune 4thMay 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.

Long weekends

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