Peruvian Public Holidays & Festivities (2021, 2022 & 2023)
Peru’s official non-working public holidays include internationally celebrated days such as New Year, Easter and Christmas, church festivals in honor of Christian saints such as All Saints Day or Saint Rose Day, a day honoring the brave men of Peru’s military that fought in the Battle of Angamos (War of the Pacific in 1879) and of course Peru’s "Fiestas Patrias", a two-day celebration for the country’s independence from Spain.
Table with public holidays & festivities in Peru (EN / ES)
Holiday - English
Festivo - Spanish
New Year’s Day
01 April 2021 14 April 2022 06 April 2023
02 April 2021 15 April 2022 07 April 2023
04 April 2021 17 April 2022 09 April 2023
Dia del Trabajo
St. Peter & Paul
Dia de San Pedro y San Pablo
Peru’s Independence Day
28 to 29 July
Saint Rose of Lima
Dia de Santa Rosa de Lima
Battle of Angamos
Combate de Angamos
All Saints Day
Dia de Todos los Santos
Dia de la Immaculada Concepcion
On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve Peruvians employees usually only work half a day.
It is quite common in the public and private sector to have a "puente" (bridging day) if a public holiday is on a Thursday or Tuesday; meaning government agencies, offices, banks and lots of companies are closed on the Friday after / the Monday before the holiday and employees have off.
But no matter if it’s a public holiday, banking holiday, bridging day or weekend most supermarkets, fruit and veggie markets, the little bodega around the corner, restaurants, tourist attractions and other shops are open (some might have shorter opening hours especially on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and during Fiestas Patrias).
Additionally, to above official public holidays valid throughout Peru, there are many other local feast days, festivals and celebrations in different Peruvian regions and cities that have a sort of "public holiday" character. They offer a good “excuse” to come together, celebrate, dance, have great Peruvian food and enjoy. Furthermore, Peru has many "Días nacionales" (national days) or "Días de ..." (special days) on which the country honors or celebrates important events of the past, its culture, food or natural resources.
Located at 3000 m (about 10,000 feet) above sea level at the top of the Barreta plateau overlooking the Utcubamba Valley in northern Peru, the Kuelap complex is not only a prime example of the architectural style of the Chachapoyas culture, but also the largest stone monument in South America...
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