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Traditional Fiestas in Peru

Traditional fiestas in Peru

TRADITIONAL FIESTAS IN PERU

In Peru about 3000 typical fiestas are celebrated every year. The majority of those are organized to celebrate the day of a santo patron (a saint). Those saints originally formed part of the Christian calender in the Colonial Period but they were always mixed with the magical religion of the Andean regions. A good example of this “cultural syncretism” is the Festivity of Corpus Christi in Cusco. This religious day, originally introduced by the Spaniards, was accepted by the Peruvian inhabitants as for them it had little to do with Catholicism, so much more with an old Inca ritual.

Especially in the traditional village high up in the mountains or in the jungle, there are several traditional celebrations, that related to ancient myths and/or important agricultural dates.

Please visit our Festival Calendar for dates and descriptions of the most important festivals in Peru.

Traditional Fiestas

Festivals in Peru

City tour Cusco
Carnivals Carnivals
The Carnavales in the Peruvian highlands are joyful and cheerful and take place during the month of February. A typical ritual is that of yunza, (umisha in the jungle, and cortamonte in the coast).
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go Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria
Lasts 8 days, in the highland town of Puno, nestled on the shores of Lake Titicaca at an altitude of 3,870 meters above sea level. This colorful fiesta is one of the most beautiful and important celebrations in south of Peru.
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Christmas in Peru
Christmas in peru Christmas in Peru
The rural context of the arrival of the infant Christ allowed early Peruvians to identify immediately with the festivity, highlighted by artisan creativity, a sense of aesthetics and the religious devotion of Andean settlers.
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