National Holidays in Peru

National Holidays in Peru 
There are a few other days not listed that are considered "observances" like Three Kings Day or Mother's Day. Most businesses are not closed on those days and are not considered "national holidays;" however, the region recognizes those days as having special significance.

1. January 1
  • New Year's Day (Año Nuevo)
  • Much like in the U.S., this holiday begins the night before with a big party, which continues on January 1

2. March/April
  • Maundy Thursday (Jueves Santo)
  • This day is part of Holy Week. It is the day that commemorates the Last Supper.

3. March/April
  • Good Friday (Viernes Santo)
  • Also part of Holy Week, this day commemorates the execution of Jesus by crucifixion. These parades are usually quite solemn.

4. May 1
  • Labor Day (Día del Trabajador)
  • This day off for Peruvians, much like American Labor Day, usually involves a large amount of beer.

5. June 29
  • St. Peter and St. Paul Day (Día de San Pedro y San Pablo)
  • This day commemorates the martyrdom of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

6. July 28 and 29
  • Independence Day(Día de la Independencia/Fiestas Patrias)
  • These days celebrate the independence of Peru from Spain. You can expect parades, parties, schools out, and lots of businesses closed.

7. August 30
  • St. Rose of Lima Day (Día de Santa Rosa de Lima)
  • Peru's most famous saint is celebrated with a day off.

8. October 8
  • Battle of Angamos (Combate de Angamos)
  • On this date, Peru remembers a key battle during the War of the Pacific against Chile and the death of Peruvian naval hero Admiral Miguel Grau.

9. November 1
  • All Saints' Day (Día de Todos los Santos)
  • All Saint's Day is a colorful day of family feasting.

10. December 8
  • Immaculate Conception (Inmaculada Concepción)
  • This is a major religious feast day in Peru and throughout the Catholic regions of the world.

11. December 25
  • Christmas Day
  • Christmas is celebrated much like other countries of the world.