Public holidays in Peru 2016 | Dos Manos


National or Public Holidays in Peru 2016

The National Holidays are an important part of the unique culture of Peru. Many of today´s holidays in Peru originate in Christian traditions or have been mixed with ancient Andean customs and result in truly unique celebrations. Like in many other countries, on these special occasions shops and banks can be closed in Peru and airlines could be booked out faster due to the local population travelling.

For you, as a traveller in Peru, it might be useful to know which dates are National Holidays. That’s why we made the following list of holidays in Peru for you.

If you are looking for more info about festivals in Peru, and cultural or special events, we refer to this page.

Date
Week Day
Holiday Name
Holiday Type
Brief Description
January 1st
Friday
New Year's Day
National Holiday
New Year's Day
January 6th
Wednesday
Three Wise Men Day
Observance, Chrisitan
The celebration of the Three Wise Men is called Reyes Magos in Peru
february 8th
Monday
Carnavales
National Holiday
Carnival in Peru is celebrated with colourful parades, costumes and water games.
March 20th
Sunday
Palm Sunday
Observance, Christian
Marks the beginning of the Easter celebrations, also called Señor de los Milagros in Peru.
March 21st
Monday
Lord of the Tremors
Regional Holiday
The festival of the Señor de los Temblores is a tradition celebrated in Cusco in honour of a statue of the black Jesus who is said to have saved the city of an earthquake.
March 24th and 25th
Thursday, Friday
Maundy Thursday and Good Friday
National Holidays
Easter Holidays, called Jueves Santo and Viernes Santo in Spanish. They are part of the Semana Santa, the Holy Easter Week in Peru.
March 27th
Sunday
Easter Sunday
National Holiday, Christian
This Holiday is called Pascua in Peru and is the central day of the Easter celebrations.
May 1st
Sunday
Labor Day
National Holiday
Annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers.
May 26th
Thursday
Corpus Christi
National Holiday, Christian
This is a Christian Holiday celebrating the body of Christ.
June 23rd and 24th
Thursday, Friday
Inti Raymi
Regional Holiday
Inti Raymi is the Festival of the Sun and celebrated in Cusco. It is only a holiday in the ancient Inca Empire Cusco
June 29th
Wednesday
Día de San Pedro y San Pablo
National Holiday
Day of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
July 28th and 29th
Thursday, Friday
National Independence Day
National Holidays
In Peru these days are called Fiestas Patrias and are celebrated in whole Peru with lots of parades and of course the cities are decorated with the Peruvian flag.
August 30th
Tuesday
Santa Rosa de Lima
National Holiday
This national holiday is a celebration in honour of the patron saint of Lima.
October 8th
Saturday
Battle of Angamos
National Holiday
Holiday in commemoration of a naval battle between Peru and Chile in 1879.
November 1st
Tuesday
All Saints' Day
National Holiday, Christian
Like in many other countries in the world Peru commemorates the Christian saints on this day.
December 8th
Thursday
Immaculate Conception
National Holiday, Christian
Holiday celebrating Maria's immaculate conception.
December 25th
Sunday
Christmas Day
National Holiday, Christian
Holiday in celebration if the birth of Jesus.
December 31st
Saturday
New Year's Eve
National Holiday
Like in many other countries, Peruvians celebrate the last day of the year on this day and welcome the new year at 12 o'clock