Around the globe the celebration of Easter, so the commemoration of Jesus’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection from the dead, is the most important festivity in the yearly calendar for Christians; Peru, where over 80% of the population is catholic and another more or less 12% evangelic protestant, is no exception.
While celebrations in some Peruvian cities and communities are more enthusiastic than in others, generally the festivities are a quite traditional affair with some ancient customs mixed in.
Easter is a lovely time in Peru with lots of local traditions, worshiping, eating, spending time with family and within the community, dancing and music while celebrating faith.
The Semana Santa (the Holy Week) starts on Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday), so the Sunday before Easter Sunday with Jueves Santo (Holy Thursday) and Viernes Santo (Good Friday) being public holidays in Peru.
You can find more information about the religious celebrations and customs in Peru as well as details on Easter in Ayacucho, Easter in Cusco, Easter in Huaraz, Easter in Lima and Easter in Arequipa in our article "Easter in Peru".
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