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.
|Holiday - English||Festivo - Spanish||Date/Dates|
|New Year’s Day||Año Nuevo||01 January|
|Holy Thursday||Jueves Santo||01 April 2021 |
14 April 2022
06 April 2023
|Good Friday||Viernes Santo||02 April 2021 |
15 April 2022
07 April 2023
|Easter Sunday||Pascua||04 April 2021 |
17 April 2022
09 April 2023
|Labor Day||Dia del Trabajo||01 May|
|St. Peter & Paul||Dia de San Pedro y San Pablo||29 June|
|Peru’s Independence Day||Fiestas Patrias||28 to 29 July|
|Saint Rose of Lima||Dia de Santa Rosa de Lima||30 August|
|Battle of Angamos||Combate de Angamos||08 October|
|All Saints Day||Dia de Todos los Santos||01 November|
|Immaculate Conception||Dia de la Immaculada Concepcion||08 December|
|Christmas Day||Navidad||25 December|
On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, Peruvian 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 or 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).
Additional to the 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.
Below find a list of holidays, feasts and celebrations in Peru. Just click on one that interests you to get to the article introducing you to this special day.