BLOG 3: Peruvian Public Holidays & Festivities (2021, 2022 & 2023)

Blog 3:  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. (…)

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).

Feast days, festivals and other celebrations in Peru

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. (…)

Source:  Peruvian Public Holidays & Festivities (2021, 2022 & 2023) – LimaEasy

Read about them on the link below and then write your comments by answering the questions:

1) Why do you think people need to celebrate? 2) Do you think festivals are important? What purpose do they serve?  3) How do you think Peruvians feel about them? How are you going to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Day? Write your comments!

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  1. José Luis Sánchez escribió:

    The holidays referred to heroes, allows us to remember the dedication of them who offered their lives to defend the interests of Peru.
    The holidays that celebrate the Saints of the Catholic Church, is to remember their dedication to the welfare of others and the objective is to maintain the Faith of Catholics

    1. Idiomas Virtual Autor escribió:

      Thanks José Luis for your participation!

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